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“AN INTELLECTUAL BANQUET”

SPENCE, Joseph. Polymetis. London, 1755.

Second edition of this richly illustrated catalogue of classical mythology in Roman art and literature, an impressive tall folio with engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue after Isaac Whood, 17 vignette tailpieces, and 41 full-page engraved plates (four double-page, two of these folding) by Boitard after Paderni and others. Very handsomely bound in full contemporary polished calf-gilt. $1800.

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“HOW FAR MAY BE PRACTICED THE LIBERTY OF CHRONICLING CONVERSATIONS?”

SPENCE, Joseph. Anecdotes. London, 1820.

Large-paper first edition of this famous chronicle of private conversations with such 18th-century notables as Alexander Pope and Isaac Newton — their “unpremeditated thoughts, negligent assertions, and playful deceptions,” with frontispiece portrait of Spence, beautifully bound. $1200.

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