Memoirs of the First Forty-Five Years of the Life of James Lackington; The Present Bookseller

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 164 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1792. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Memoirs of the first forty-five years of the life of James Lackington, James Lackington F ' The First FORTY-FIVE YEARS V ' . OF. The LIFE o-T" JAMES LACKINGTON, The present Bookseller in Chiswell-street, Moorsields, London, Written by Himself. In Forty-six Letters to a Friend. With a TRIPLE DEDICATION. 1. To the PUBLIC. 2. To Respectable 1 B0OKSELLERS. J. ToSoRDID / A NEW EDITION. Corrected, and much enlarged; interspersed with many original humourous Stories, and droll Anecdotes. * No youth did I in education waste; " Happily I'd an intuitive Tajlt 1 " Writing ne'er cramp'd the sinews of my thumb, u No barb'rous birch did ever brush my b . " My gut? ne'er susfer'd from a college cook, " My name ne'er enter'd in a buttery book.. " Grammar in vain the sons of Pnscian teach; " Good parts are better than eight parts of speech. " Since these declin'd, those undeclin'd they call; " I tlrank my stars, that I declin'd them all. " To Greek or Latin tongues without pretence, " I trust to Mother Wit and Father Sense. " Nature's my guide; all pedantry I scorn; " Pains I abhor, I was an Author born." " such the vanity of great and small, " Contempt goes round, and all men laugh at all." LONDON) Printed for the Author, No. 46 and 47, Chifwcll.Stvcct; and fold by all other Booksellers. M DCC XCII. [Price 5s. in Boards.] i. TO THE PUBLIC. " In things indiff'rent Reason bids us chuse, " Whether the whim's a monkey or a muse." Churchill. WORTHY PATRONS, .. Were I to address you in the accustomed declamatory strain which has long been adopted as the universal language of dedications, viz. Flattery, I should not only merit your contempt, for thus endeavouring to impose upon your understandings, but also render my...

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