Rural Rides
William Cobbett, 1825-1930
COBBETT, William (1763-1835). Rural Rides. London: William Cobbett, 1830.

Very fine first edition. "Cobbett has long been one of my favorite characters ... As a conservative emigrant in Philadelphia in the 1790s, under the pseudonym "Peter Porcupine," he castigated the Democrats." Eventually Cobbett went too far and had to flee back to England to avoid a libel suit by Benjamin Rush. "In England, he did an about-face and became a prominent spokesman for social justice and Parliamentary reform. " There is a little bit of everything in Rural Rides ... His passion and indignation never cease, his postive joy in dispute bubbles from every page, his pure pleasure in the countryside itself brims over." Narratives of Personal Experience 27.

Octavo in 12s (179 x 110mm). Original buckram-backed boards, paper printed spine label (spine creased, front hinge cracked). Provenance: Colonel William Inglis, 1764-1835, officer in the Napoleonic Wars and the originator of "die hard" (armorial bookplate).

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