Dublin: Rev. Samuel Hayes, A.M., 1793. Full Leather. As. viii, 462 pp. 8vo. Subtitle: "Left for Publication by John Taylor, LL.D., late Prebendary of Westminster, Rector of Bosworth, Leicestershire, and Minister of St. Margaret's, Westminster. ...To Which is Added a Sermon written by Samuel Johnson, LL.D. for the Funeral of his Wife." Cover tight and remarkably unworn except for erosion at hinges. Black dentelle pattern on edges is wearing. Front cocked. Lower front corner is the only one threadbare. A small chip at heel of spine. Spine ruled in gilt, with a red title block. Spine scuffed here and there, but gilt still bright. Front cover has one spot of erosion on hinge and around a binding cord - less than half an inch. Text block is tight, aged, occasionally foxed. Very Good.
Inscription on second free endpaper: "Mary Alsop's/ given her by her affect. Son Jos. W. Alsop - August 1807." Contains 25 sermons, 24 by John Taylor (1711-1788). a lifelong friend of Samuel Johnson, who may have contributed to John Taylor's writings. The last piece in the book was written by Dr. Johnson for the funeral of his wife, an exposition from John 11:25-26. An earlier edition, published in London, contained only 13 sermons.
Dr. Joseph Wright Alsop III, who gave this book to his mother, was prominent in Connecticut politics and part of a legendary family which later included journalists Joseph W. Alsop V (1910-1989) and Stewart Alsop (1914-1974).