London: Effingham Wilson, 1834. First edition. Engraved frontisportrait by Thomas Lupton after a painting by Thomas Lawrence. Spines lightly faded, first and last few leaves of each volume foxed, minor foxing otherwise. A very good copy. Half early twentieth-century tan calf over marbled boards, gilt spine with tan and grey morocco labels, edges sprinkled red. Two volumes, octavo. [x], 299; vii, [1, blank], 394 pp. Item #7508
Dedicated to Samuel Rogers: “I have heard you say, that, rare as it was to meet with so gifted a genius as that of Mrs. Siddons, it was almost equally so to meet in human nature with so much candid and benignant singleness of mind as belonged to her personal character. Though this was always my own conviction, yet I was gratified to hear it strongly expressed by one so well acquainted with her, and possessing so much perspicacity.” According to a letter from Rev. Alexander Dyce to Sir Egerton Brydges, once in the possession of G. Thorn-Drury, Campbell was assisted by Dyce in the writing of this work. Dyce did not wish the fact to be publicly known.