The Sermons of Mr. Yorick. by STERNE, Laurence (1713-1768).

STERNE, Laurence (1713-1768).

The Sermons of Mr. Yorick. Vol. I [-II]. The Ninth Edition. Vol. III [-IV]. New Edition. [with:] Sermons by the late Rev. Mr. Sterne. Vol. V [-VII]. London, Dodsley, 1768 [V-VII: Strachan, Cadell and Beckett, 1769].

Ninth Edition of Vols. 1-4; First Edition of Vols. 5-7. Seven volumes, uniform, 12mo (150 x 85 mm), I: engraved frontispiece portrait and pp. [iii]-xi, [i], [viii], 203; II: [vi], [7]-216; III: [vi], [3]-192; IV: [vi], [3]-207, small portion torn from the corner of the contents leaf, with loss, not touching text; V: [xxx], including 24 pp. subscribers’ list, [3]-172; VI: [vi], [3]-174; VII: [vi], [3]-160, in contemporary sprinkled polished calf, spines simply ruled and numbered in gilt, with a contemporary heraldic bookplate on the verso of each title-page and with the contemporary owership inscription of Sarah Clarke on each pastedown, that in the first volume adding the date ‘August ye 29th 1775’, some light wear to extremities and some scuffing and marking, but generally a very attractive set.

A delightful copy of Sterne’s Sermons in a fine contemporary binding with a nice female provenance. This set includes the first edition of the second part, the final three volumes under the title Sermons by the late Rev. Mr. Sterne, which were published on 10th June, 1769. They were subsequently published in many editions with the earlier volumes. The first four volumes, under the title The Sermons of Mr. Yorick, were first published on 22nd May 1760. This is a completely charming set in a simple, lightly sprinkled, pale calf binding.

Cross II, 269 & 272.

Keywords: English Literature
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