London, England: Printed for A. Millar, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, Hawes, Clarke,and Collins, S. Crowder, T. Lowndes, J. Dodsley, J. Coote, and M. Richardson, 1766. Fifth Edition. Leather-bound. 16mo. Full contemporary calf. Uniform set. Five raised bands to spine (six compartments, double-ruled in gilt), with contrasting (red) spine label, and volume numbers in larger gilt. Bottom compartment shows faint library lettering. Pocket scars to endpapers, which are, mercifully, of nice, thick, laid bond, and it might be surmised that the paper of the text block itself was apparently fabricated with high cotton rag content. Publisher red-stained edges to text blocks. Gilt design to all edges of binding, least faded being that upon the fore-edges. All volumes clean and very tight. Very Good. Item #76639
Hawkesworth took over the job of compiling notes of the parliamentary debates for "The Gentleman's Magazine" and later co-founded with Samuel Johnson, the periodical THE ADVENTURER, consisting of 140 issues, which comprise these four volumes. Approximately 70 of the pieces are by Hawkesworth, and nearly 30 by Samuel Johnson, who signed his merely with the letter "T". In addition there were a few by the Reverend John Warton, signed with the letter "Z", and some by Bonnell Thornton, signed with the letter "A".
"A Good man is by no means exempt from the danger of suffering by the crimes of others; even his goodness may raise him enemies of implacable malice and restless perseverance: the Good Man has never been warranted by Heaven from the treachery of friends, the disobedience of children, or the dishonesty of a wife; he may see his cares made useless by profusion, his instructions defeated by perverseness, and his kindness rejected by ingratitude; he may languish under the infamy of false accusations, or perish reproachfully by an unjust sentence. A Good Man is subject, like other mortals, to all the influences of natural evil..."