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Famous John Brown treatise on the evils of the age  

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An Estimate of the Manners and Principles of the Times

Brown, John


L. Davis and C. Reymers



221 [2} pp. (8vo) 20.5x13.5cm (8x5¼"), contemporary panelled calf, paper spine label. Two pages of publisher's terminal ads. First Edition.

The famous treatise by John Brown (1715-1766) on the evils of the age as seen through the decline in the manners and principles of its citizenry, particularly the ruling class, all of which was leading, Brown maintained, to the eventual self-destruction of Britain. 

Brown, who became known as "Estimate Brown" was applauded by some (Cowper referred to his work as the "inestimable estimate of Brown") and derided by others, but his “Estimate” was popular and went through many editions (six in the first year alone).

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Edges rubbed; lacking the free endpapers; very good copy.

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