London: Published by J. Appleyard, 1822. Lacks back free endpaper. Covers lightly soiled, corners rubbed, a hint of foxing. A very good copy. Complete with half-title. Original boards, uncut, rebacked in later board. Twelvemo. Unpaginated. Item #14332
A pithy dictionary with a number of witty definitions. “Religion” is “The supplement to civil laws, more powerful than they, whether for producing good or evil. To adore good eating and drinking, women, and the great, is the religion a-la-mode. A philosopher is “one who opposes nature to law, reason to custom, conscience to opinion, and his judgment to error.” “Voltaire” is defined as “A statue of bronze. A multitude of insects die in attempting to gnaw its feet.” Of “women,” he says: “There is no country in which more good is said and more ill thought of the women than in France: it is true, there is no country which furnishes more instances to justify the eulogiums of some and the satires of others. There are old women of both sexes.”.