A Lecture on Heads, By Geo. Alex Stevens. With Additions by Mr. Pilon; As delivered by Mr. Charles Lee Lewes. To which is added An Essay on Satire. With Forty-seven heads by Nesbit, from designs by Thurston
8vo (16.5 x 10.5cm), pp. [xvi], 124 + engraved frontis and illustrations. Original wrappers, edges rough cut. Grubby, shallow chipping to spine-ends, top third of spine flapping. Tanned and dusty edges, dog-eared corners. POI to ffep: ‘Arthur b.[?] Hands’. Occasional foxing, a few stains, else, pleasingly clean. A very good copy.
An actor and songwriter, George Alex Stevens (1710-1780) is best known for this title, a satirical lecture that parodied the pseudoscience of physiognomy. First performed in 1764, the lecture became an immediate success, with Stevens taking it on tour throughout England and as far as the American colonies, before finishing up in Ireland. He subsequently sold the tour to the comedian Charles Lee Lewes (1740-1803). Not a rare text, then – as it was multiply pirated and re-issued – but what is unusual about this copy is its preservation in the ephemeral wrappers, featuring the price at Three Shillings and a catalogue to the rear cover.
Author STEVENS, George Alex
Condition Very Good