Brief Lives

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Author: John Aubrey - Richard Barber
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Hard Cover
Hard Cover

Folio  Edition - reprinted 1996. 
Publisher – The Folio Society, London.
Cover is hard bound with ¼ Green Cloth and Cream Cloth.  Gilt Lettering in Black Panels with Gilt Borders  Excellent Condition.
Slip Cover is present.  Black Card.  Excellent Condition.
End Papers are intact. Inside Front and Back Coves are Dark Green.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece, List of Contents, Introduction by Richard Barber, Bibliography, Aubrey’s Letter to Wood 1680.
Main Text Body – 319 Pages.  Fine and Clean.  Black/White Illustrations throughout.  
End Matters – Notes on Portraits.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage.  Gilt lettering on Black Panel and Gilt Border.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.

This is a selection based upon existing contemporary portraits.  It is one of the strangest books - if indeed this collection of notes, excerpts, gossip and dry facts can be called a book - to have achieved literary fame.  The author was equally strange, in his way.  A gentleman with a learned turn of mind yet had little formal education, was a love of books and manuscripts, yet almost penniless a would be scholar who loved worldly company as much as that of serious men, who spent the last twenty years of his life living in other people's houses, on the run from his creditors.


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