PHAETHON; or, Loose Thoughts for Loose Thinkers.
Cambridge, UK, Macmillan and Co. 1852, hb. 12mo, pp. 100. A series of imaginary dialogues about life, art, religion, literature - and the relevance thereof.
¶ Kingsley (1819-1875) was a liberal, or "broad church" priest, of the Church of England, a university professor, social reformer, historian, and novelist. According to Wikipedia, he was closely associated with Christian socialism, the working men's college and forming labour cooperatives that failed but led to the working reforms of the progressive era. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin and is now best known for being the author of the classic children's tale, "The Water Babies". Phaethon was a character from Greek mythology, most commonly identified as the son of Helios, the solar deity. This volume was especially bound for the noted British bibliophile, Francis Frederick Fox, in handsome 3/4 polished calf over marbled boards, with the top edge gilt, and the endpapers marbled. On the book's spine are three coloured leather labels, the first (top) of which states "Kingsley's Works", the second (middle) stating the title of the individual volume, and the third (bottom) stating the year of publication. The printed armorial bookplate of Francis Frederick Fox is inserted as a cancel leaf, preceding the half title page. The binding of this volume is signed "William George, Bristol", being the binder, publisher and bookseller more commonly encountered as "William George's Sons". All publishers' advertising pages, normally found at the end of most of the first editions of Kingsley's works, have been removed by the binder. The leather is a bit spotted and the extremities of the boards are a bit rubbed. The binding is tight and some of the pages are uncut.
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