Hardcover. VeryGood. Item #001386
London: H. Meere for T. Norris, 1710. First Edition. Two Volumes. Rebacked with original stamped leather retained over boards and new leather to spine with black title cards and raised bands. Covers bumped and worn at corners with some chips to leather along edges and a good bit of toning, scuffing, and smudging. Hinges reinforced. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of each volume, with his name at top of front free endpaper in the first. Tape reinforcement to front free endpaper along fore-edge with top 1/4-1/2" repaired. Bottom inch of title page missing in second volume, with a different prior owner's name at top. A few pages chipped at bottom corner with no noticed loss to text. Pages toned with some general light foxing and a few stray marks. Bindings are sound. Not ex-library.
Collection of 54 satirical dialogues concerning marriage, "Drawn from the lives of our own Princes, Nobility, and other Quality" as well as "Fops, Coquets, Bullies, Jilts, fond Fools, and Wantons; old Fumblers, barren Ladies, Millers, parsimonious Wives, Ninnies, Sluts and Termagants, drunken Husbands, toaping Gossips, schismatical Precisians, and devout Hypocrites of all sorts." Ward was best known for The London Spy.