On the Frailty of Life. John Trusler.

On the Frailty of Life

[London]: [Printed and sold by John Trusler], [1785]. Signed on the last page by Trusler. The 15th sermon in a series of over 200 by Trusler in engraved imitation manuscript type, designed to be used by clergymen too lazy to write their own sermons.

So as to ensure that congregations were tricked into believing the clergyman wrote the sermons, Trusler advertised that the sermons were “selected and compiled from the best authors”, were published in editions of only 400, were of large cursive typeface, and were circulated privately and “do not pass through the hands of the booksellers.” Trusler, A List of Books, Published by the Rev. Dr. Trusler, at the Literary-Press, pg. 10 (London, 1790). While similar in certain respects to other contemporary cursive types, Stanley Morison suggests that this type was “a private venture of [Trusler’s] own.” Fleuron IV (1925).

However, by 1852, the sermons were being unloaded by sellers in sets of 100, the Edinburgh Review commenting that perhaps the “manuscript is not so very legible as his rivals.” Church Parties, Edinburgh Review (1853).

8vo. 16 pp. Not in ESTC. Not in Worldcat, appears unrecorded as of May 2021. See ESTC T204062 for Trusler sermon numbering scheme.
Very good in wrappers that are a bit worn and creased, final leaf of text with small marginal chip (no loss of text). Item #229

Price: $550.00

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