Two vols., small 8vo, pp. , viii, 329, [3, ads]; , 368; offset from turn-ins to title-pages else a fine copy in contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt, red morocco labels.
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Second edition, uncommon, of Fordyce’s popular conduct book for young men. The work was published a sequel to his Sermons to young Women (1766), a work probably best known for its censure by Mary Wollstonecraft and its pointed appearance in the hands of Mr Collins in Pride & Prejudice. Here, similarly unenlightened chapters deal with ‘the Respect due to Young Men’, ‘On a Manly Spirit, as opposed to Effeminacy’ etc. If Mr Collins chooses the Sermons to be read aloud to the women of the Bennet family, it is the Addresses that he takes as his own moral compass.
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