The Citizen of the World or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher Residing in London to his Friends in the East. 2 volumes



Publisher: London, printed for Vernor, Otridge, Scatchard & Whitaker, Ogilvy & Speare, Darton & Harvey & WS Millar, 1792
Description: ppx,332; [iv], 302, engraved title pages. Sm. 8vos, full tree calf, decorated spines, morocco title labels. Small old worm holes to vol. 2, not affecting text. A very good set

An attractive copy with two engaging title page vignettes. In the first volume the narrator and his friend, ‘ the man in black’, are talking to a wooden-legged sailor, the friend saying, ‘I am surprised at the inactivity of our Magistrates’. This refers to Letter XXVI, a witty essay on charity, the deserving poor, state welfare and laissez faire in which ‘the man in black’s’ avowed hostility to beggars is no match for his spontaneous compassion. The vignette in the second volume refers to Letter LXX on the false lure of Fortune and shows an avaricious miller called Whang digging for treasure in the foundations of his mill and thereby causing it to collapse.

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