The Christian Hero: An Argument Proving that no Principles but those of Religion are Sufficient to make a Great Man
Sir Richard Steele was an Irish writer and politician, remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazine The Spectator. Steele's first published work, The Christian Hero (1701), attempted to point out the differences between perceived and actual masculinity. Written while Steele served in the army, it expressed his idea of a pamphlet of moral instruction. The Christian Hero was ultimately ridiculed for what some thought was hypocrisy because Steele did not necessarily follow his own preaching. He was criticized for publishing a booklet about morals when he himself enjoyed drinking, occasional dueling, and debauchery around town. Six-page dedication to Lord Cutts, Colonel of the Cold-Stream Guards, and a seven-page preface.
Eighth Edition; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall; leather covers with gilt decorated spine & outer edges plus gilt fillet outer border to front & rear; all edges red; wear to spine gilt & titles faded; mottled wear to cover & small horizontal scratch to front .
Author Steele, Richard
Binding Hardcover (Full Leather)
Publisher Jacob Tonson (London)
Condition Very Good Condition