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BLAIR, Hugh.
Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres.

pp. viii, 496. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Caldwell after Martin; (iv), 550, (xvii) Index, (i) blank. Contemporary calf, a little insect damage to the spine edges not affecting the interior, label to v.2 damaged, a few leaves at the beginning and end of the volumes foxed in the margins, signature of JOHN TYRWHITT DRAKE.

*This is Blair's major work, a compilation of 47 lectures given when he held the chair of Rhetoric at the University of Edinburgh. Blair was, himself, an accomplished preacher and public speaker and published this work as a straight-forward guide for the young in the acquisition of effective writing skills and in the use of literature as exemplars. He considered these skills to be of great social value in both the elevation of status and in the promotion of virtue and morality. REVEREND JOHN TYRWHITT DRAKE, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Drake, Rector of Amersham, married Mary Annesley, third daughter of Arthur Annesley of Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire. He married secondly Emily Drake-Garrard, fifth daughter of Charles Drake Garrard.

Printed for W. Strahan, T. Cadell, in the Strand; and W. Creech, in Edinburgh.

Date Published: 1783. First edition. 2 volumes. 4to.

Stock No. 61576

Price: 350.00