London; Printed For T. Cadell In The Strand And W. Flexney In Holborn, 1775. Item #32114
Original full calf. 12mo. 287; 267 pages. 18 cm. First edition. Two volume set. Author of Chrysal = Charles Johnston. An edition was published in Dublin the same year. Charles Johnstone (c.1719–1800) was an early Irish novelist; “prevented by deafness from practising at the Irish Bar, he went to India, where he was proprietor of a newspaper. He wrote one successful book, Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea, a somewhat sombre satire, and some others now utterly forgotten. ” (Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, 1910) . “The Pilgrim, offers a series of observations and epistolary reflections by a Chinese pilgrim, Choang, travelling to Britain via Bengal, to his correspondent and friend, the supreme mandarin of Quang-Tong, commenting with artful naivete on British culture and the pleasures of London in the manner of Walpole's A Letter to Xo Ho, A Chinese Philosopher at London, to his friend Lien Chi at Peking (1757) and Goldsmith's Citizen of the World (1762) . ” (‘A 'Teague' and a 'True Briton': Charles Johnstone, Ireland and Empire’ By Roberts, Daniel Sanjiv article in ‘Irish University Review: a journal of Irish Studies’, Vol. 41, No. 1) . Bound in original full calf, with decorative gilt along edges of leather, six gilt panels on spine, green/gilt and red/gilt panel title on spine. Subjects: Epistolary fiction - England - 18th century. OCLC lists 17 copies. Back board hinge of volume one loose, all hinges starting, two panels on spine rubbed out, very light foxing to endpages, water stain to bottom margins of first and last page of both volumes, part of leather on bottom edges appears to have been synched by fire; internally very fresh and clean however. Good + condition. (KH-1-48).