An Account of the Life and Writings of Thomas Day, Esq.

London, John Stockdale, 1791.

8vo, pp. iii, [1 (blank)], 144; a few light spots; a very good copy in modern tan buckram, spine lettered directly in gilt.


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First edition of the first biography of Day. An author, political radical, and ardent student of Rousseau’s ideas on education, Thomas Day’s life (1748–1789) was eccentric and often contradictory. A supporter of the American Revolution and opponent of slavery, he had published in 1780 three speeches in favour of peace and parliamentary reform; later writings were largely instructive fiction for children.

The account is written by James Keir, Day’s friend and a fellow member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, and dedicated to his widow, Esther née Milnes. A later account, ‘vicious and inaccurate’ (ODNB), was published by Anna Seward in 1804 and has done much to damage his reputation.

ESTC T18802.

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