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Oblong 4to, pp. [iv], 268; work printed in three columns, in French, Italian & English through; first two leaves with piece missing at head, with the loss of two letters from title; damp stain to second half of work, and some foxing in places throughout; uncut in the original publisher's wrappers, rather worn with some loss.

A neatly produced letter-writer arranged in three parallel columns to help the beginner to converse in the best style.

'I only offer this small Collection of Letters to the Public, as a performance merely calculated for rendering the attainment of the epistolary Stile [sic] easy to young Beginners, whilst they are improving themselves in each of the three languages. In the First and third part, answers will be found to each Letter; whereby, this may very likely claim an advantage over other productions of a similar kind: as no Writer has yet attempted to annex regular Answers to all his Letters, which are often more difficult than the Letters themselves; especially when repetitions are carefully avoided.

'As a Collection of this nature would appear rather dull, and insipid, if it contained nothing more than familiar Letters, I have introduced, in the second Part, entertaining and instructive Epistles, extracted from the most approved French publications of this kind; and I have reason to hope, that those who have a taste for this sort of Literature, will find some that contain all that can be wished for, with respect to entertainment, elegance, and correctness, in the epistolary Style.

'In a word, to render this collection of greater utility to the Reader, I have thought it necessary to add some general observations on the commercial; Style; in the third part, therefore, will be found an abstract of particulars relative to the correspondence of Merchants, and several Models of Bills of Exchange, which may serve as examples for writing others, according to the nature of the subject, or occasion.'

Extracts for the second part include examples from Vincent Voiture's Lettres, Lettres de Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Saint Evermond, Racine, Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, Dominique Bouhours, Rapine, Marquise de Sévigné and other seventeenth century French writers. The author of the work keeping well away from any suspect enlightenment literature.

A second edition, in the same format was published at Livorno in 1796 and again at Venice in 1805. An advertisement appeared in Gazetta Universale No. 66 for August 1792 stating that this title was being published at Livorno, however either this never appeared or no copy has survived.

OCLC records two copies, at the Taylor Institute in Oxford and BNF.


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Pickering & Chatto has been dealing in rare books for the best part of two centuries. Since 2014 we have been based in the vestry of St. Clement's Church in the City of London, and have a stock of some 2000+ books, principally in the fields of literature, philosophy, social sciences, science and medicine, law and women's studies, from the fifteenth to the first decades of the twentieth century.Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions our offices are at present closed. We are, however, always happy to receive any inquiries by email.


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