The Toilette In Three Books
London: Benjamin Motte, 1730. 8o: A-F4. [$2 signed] 47pp. Leaf F3 canceled and pasted into stub. First edition. 4 ¾ x 7 ¾ in. Quarter cloth binding with marble paper, some bubbling to cloth binding. Engraved frontispiece by Andrew Motte, title page printed in red and black. Very good, mild foxing throughout. Previous booksellers’ inscriptions to rear pastedown. Item #6342
A satirical poem in three parts exploring women’s fashions of the day, the dangers of wearing expensive jewels in public, the importance of sensible behavior, and a lengthy digression into the benefits of horseback riding.
The poet Joseph Thurston died in his twenties only a few years after this publication was issued. He was mourned by his contemporaries as a promising talent gone too soon. Alexander Pope, William Broome, and Thomas Edwards were all associates and great appreciators of his work.