The Smith of Smiths, Hesketh Pearson, Folio Book Society, hardback book, slip cover, biography humour
Here is a biography on one of the wits of the early 19th century - the Anglican cleric Sydney Smith. You only have to read the preface of this book, which features quotes from the most eminent people of the age, to realise that this man was something special - for example Lord Byron: "the loudest wit I was e'er deafened with" and George IV: "A more profligate parson I never met". The book was written by Hesketh Pearson and first published in 1934. This Folio edition has an introduction by Malcolm Muggeridge and was published in 1977.
This hardback book features blue patterned boards with a blue cloth tooled spine. It is protected by a cream-coloured strong card slip cover. There are 299 pages including the introduction and bibliography and there is a scattering of illustrations and photographs throughout the text. The look and feel of a nicely bound illustrated book like this makes a read so much more pleasurable and satisfying.
Condition is very good, with no serious marks or scuffs to the book The slip cover is also in good condition except for some fading and age marks.
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