A novel based on the life of the poet Richard Savage with eighteen b/w. illustrations by John Leech. This is the fairly scarce People's Edition, a slim volume published by John Dicks of The Strand, London in approximately 1880-1900. Richard Savage (c. 1697–1743) was an English poet best known as the subject of Samuel Johnson's Life of Savage, originally published anonymously in 1744, on which is based one of the most elaborate of Johnson's Lives of the English Poets. In 1727 Savage was arrested for the stabbing to death of one James Sinclair in a brawl at a London coffeehouse & was convicted, though later pardoned. On the night of 10 January 1743, Savage was arrested for a debt of eight pounds and confined in the debtors' section of the Bristol Newgate Prison. He died there on 1 August 1743, probably from liver failure brought on by drinking.
First Thus; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; bound in green cloth with a blind-stamped pattern to the covers; patterned end-papers; all edges speckled red; binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact; tiny nick to top of end-papers.
Author Whitehead, Charles
Date circa 1880-1900
Binding Hardcover (Original Green Cloth)
Publisher John Dicks; London
Illustrator John Leech
Condition Very Good Condition, no dust-jacket