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