(#170132) A VOLUME OF VARIETIES. By the Editor of the Weekly Volume. The of the Weekly Volume.

A VOLUME OF VARIETIES. By the Editor of the Weekly Volume. London: Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate Street, 1844. 12mo, pp. [iii-iv] v-viii [9] 10-235 [236: blank], three-quarter polished calf and marbled boards. First edition. "In the 'Advertisement' that serves as a preface to A VOLUME OF VARIETIES, publisher Charles Knight describes the editor of THE WEEKLY VOLUME as an individual who 'has been associated with various literary undertakings, which have had in view, more or less ostensibly, the furtherance of … the general diffusion of knowledge and a love of letters.' Knight also notes how the essays, stories, and poems collected in A VOLUME OF VARIETIES are primarily 'works which are of an amusing rather than a didactic character' drawn from periodicals such as THE PLAIN ENGLISHMAN, THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE, and THE LONDON MAGAZINE. The title of each selection is a clear indicator of that piece’s content. For instance, 'My First Grief' is the editor’s recollection of the death of his son, and 'A Game of Skittles' is his account of a memorable instance of playing that game. In addition to personal reminisces, A VOLUME OF VARIETIES includes essays about the history of the coach as a mode of transportation in London, an historical overview of popular street entertainments, and a discussion of the art of fly fishing. Tales, such as 'The Smugglers' and 'The Poachers' are as a straightforward as their titles. Of particular interest is 'Books for All Readers,' an essay on the production of publications for the education of the working class" (Boyd White). Spine worn and chipped, front joint cracked and partially loose. Probably lacks a half title leaf. Internally clean and sound. COPAC reports 7 copies. (#170132).

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