Letters from an Old Man to a Young Prince, with the Answers. Translated from the Swedish [by John Berkenhout]...
[ Tessin, , Carl Gustaft.]

London: Printed for R. Griffiths, at the Dunciad... 1756 First edition. With three headpieces and three decorative initials in volume one; and with one headpiece and one decorative initial in volume two. Rubbing and a bit of light chipping to corners. Armorial bookplates in both volumes of Sir John Ingilby (1758-1815) of Ripley Castle, Yorkshire, an MP and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Nineteenth century ink signature of “Charles Douglas Currie” on front pastedown of volume two, and “C.D. Currie” on front free endpaper of volume one (partially crossed out). Some small ink stains on page 6 of volume two. Some toning to endpapers and a bit of light foxing throughout, but overall a very good, clean, and tight set. Contemporary gilt-ruled sprinkled calf, rebacked preserving the original spine labels. Two volumes, twelvemo. lii, 200 pp.; 272 pp. (Item ID: 16727)


En gammal mans bref til en ung Prins, a collection of fables by the Swedish politician and art collector Carl Gustaf Tessin (1695-1770), was first published in Stockholm in 1755. The fables were presented in letters addressed to the young King Gustav III (1746-1792), who had been Tessin’s pupil during his youth. Tessin’s extensive collection of rococo period art is now housed at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. John Berkenhout (1726-1791) was a physician, naturalist, and translator from French and Swedish. His most significant works were the three-volume Outlines of the Natural History of Great Britain (1770-1773), Biographia Literaria, or a Biographical History of Literature (1777), as well works on medicine and botany.

ESTC lists twelve copies of the present work: seven in Britain, one in Germany, and four in the United States (one each at Cornell, the Clark Library, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Pennsylvania).

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