London: Printed for A. Millar, 1757. Second edition. 8vo, original polished calf, red leather label, gilt lettering, [1-2], [i]-iii, , 233-234, -232 pages. Frontispiece of a cat tormenting a mouse. Some light offset from the frontispiece to the title page; a bit rubbed and edge-worn; a very good copy. Item #18688
“Must not this love of Tormenting therefore be cultivated and cherished? There are many tastes, as that of the olive, the oyster, and several high sauces, cooked up with assa foetida and the like, which at first are disgusting to the palate, but when once man has so far depraved his natural taste, as to get a relish for these dainties, there is nothing he is half so fond of.” Perhaps the best known work from the pioneering English novelist and satirist Jane Collier (ca. 1715-1755), occasional collaborator with Sarah Fielding and correspondent with Richardson. First published in 1753, “it is couched in the Scriblerian tradition of ironic instruction in undesirable skills, like Pope on poetic bathos, Swift on malpractices of servants, or Henry Fielding on the writing of inspirational biography” (DNB). Collier closes with the astute observation, “Remember, always to do unto to every one, what you would leas wish to have done unto yourself; for in this is contained the whole of our excellent Science.” Ink ownership signature dated 1919 to the front free endpaper.