Title: THE SPEECHES OF CHARLES PHILLIPS, ESQ. ...
Publisher: Philadelphia: Edward Earle, 1818
Publication Date: 1818
Binding: Full Calf
Book Condition: Good
The oratory of this Irish barrister who was admitted to the English bar has been aptly described as "florid." One of the best examples of that to be found in this early American edition are in a chapter with the understated title of "A SPEECH Delivered At A Dinner, Given On Dinas Island, In The Lake of Killarney, On Mr. Phillips' Health Being Given, Together With That Of Mr. Payne, A Young American." Somehow Phillips manages to quickly turn the topic to exquisite praise for George Washington, comparing him favorably to Caesar, Scipio and Hannibal. Speaking of Washington he says, "But the last glorious act crowns his career, and banishes all hesitation. Who, like Washington, after having emancipated a hemisphere, resigned its crown and preferred the retirement of domestic life to the adoration of a land he might be almost said to have created!" Lots of other examples of great old fashioned oratory in this book, with an Irish flair to boot. One of the speeches on Napoleon's character "down to the period of his exile to Elba." Condition of this antique book could be better, but its contents are all here. Spine is still mostly intact except for the leather at the very top (half inch missing, revealing edges of page gatherings underneath). Title in gilt on red morocco is still mostly intact as well, with some chipping at the edges of the morocco. Wear spots to spine. Front cover is present but detached. Considerable wear to the covers and corners. Very old (circa 1818) bookplate on front paste-down endpaper of Benjamin H. Fleming. His name also written by him in bold ink at top of title page and the ink impression bled through to several subsequent pages. Ink of course now turned brown. Considerable foxing internally. But this is nevertheless a very satisfactory copy for study, and the back cover is still firmly attached. The contents are still tightly bound together with the first page being the first blank endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 1700
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