Black Giles, the poacher; with some account of a family who had rather live by their wits than their work. In two parts. Part II. pseud. for Hannah More Z.

Black Giles, the poacher; with some account of a family who had rather live by their wits than their work. In two parts. Part II.

Dublin: Sold by William Watson, and Son, No. 7 Capel-Street, Printer to the cheap [sic] Repository for Religious and Moral Tracts, and by the booksellers, chapmen, and hawkers, in town and country, [between 1797 and 1803]. Scarce Dublin printing of the second part of More’s story, first issued as an English-printed Cheap Repository tract in 1796 (Spinney 81), as William Watson and Son were Dublin printers to the Cheap Repository from 1795. ETSC gives a possible earlier date of “after 1797?”. Bradshaw provides the same date, and notes the William Watson and Son imprint was for the period 1796-1803.

As with all of More’s works, it is heavy on the religion and moral teaching, in this work emphasizing the consequences of vice than the rewards of virtue. Pleasant woodcut vignette title page.

12mo. [1]-23pp., [1, advertisement]. ESTC N15155. Bradshaw 1771 (though our copy has 34 books on the advertisement rather than 47 as noted in Bradshaw, suggesting our copy is earlier as Watson’s advertisements got increasingly more crowded as the year progressed. Bradshaw makes no note of a 34 book advertisement, jumping from 31 to 44). Scarce with Worldcat recording 4 copies of the edition printed by William Watson and Son.
Very good in much later printed wraps, with some page toning, and staining to title page. Item #182

Price: $150.00