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1765 Dialogues of the Dead Lyttelton Mythology Plato Mohawks Alexander the Great

“Before I was a Man, I returned to my valiant Countrymen, the Mohawks; and having been villainously cheated by one of yours in the sale of some Rum, I never cared to have anything to do with them afterwards.”
– Lyttelton, Dialogues of the Dead, “English Duelist – North-American Savage”

This book, ‘Dialogues of the Dead’, is a witty and satirical book by George Lyttelton. It characterizes morality and literary life of both Lyttelton and Elizabeth Montague, who helped write this book. This humorous book uses fictional conversation between historical figures, many of whom could never have spoken to each other; dialogues include:

•Louis the Great and Peter the Great
•Plato and Fenelon
•Ulysses and Circe (mythology)
•Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger
•Cortez and William Penn
•Christina, Queen of Sweden and Chancellor Oxenstiern
•Vespasian and Scipio Africanus
•Machiavelli and Duke of Guise
•Virgil, Horace, Mercury, and Scaliger
•Brutus and Atticus
•Alexander the Great and Charles XII
•Camdus and Hercules
•Plutarch and a modern Bookseller

This fourth edition includes four new dialogues that were not in previous editions (per title page). Of this book, Lowndes quotes Dr. Samuel Johnson, who deemed this book a ‘nugatory performance’ as saying,
“That man sat down to write a book, to tell the world what the world had all his life been telling him.”

Item number: #1475

Price: $499

LYTTELTON, George Lyttelton

Dialogues of the dead

London : Printed for William Sandby, in Fleet-Street, MDCCLXV. [1765]. Fourth edition.

•Collation complete with all pages: [xv], 406
•References: Lowndes 1427; ESTC T 78375;
•Binding: Leather; tight & secure
•Language: English
•Size: ~8.5in X 5.5in (22cm x 14cm)

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1765 Dialogues of the Dead Lyttelton Mythology Plato

Estimate $500 - $1,000Nov 5, 2017