Occasional Reflections by the Hon. Robert Boyle.
London: John Sharpe, 1820.
4th Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002501
12mo (129 x 82 mm). ,  6-155  pp. Engraved title-page, half-title bound after title. Contemporary diced calf, boards ruled in gilt (hinges repaired). Internally clean and crisp, only some foxing to title-page. Provenance: G. Fullerton (inscribed on first flyleaf and dated 1828); The library of Hugh Selbourne. ----
Fulton 67. Fourth edition, very rare. Largely written whilst on holiday at Stalbridge in Dorset, Boyle reflects upon many subjects including angling ('Upon Fishing with a counterfeit Fly' and 'Upon Catching Store of Fish at a Baited Place'), 'Upon the Sports being interrupted by Rainy-weather' and 'Upon the Eating of Oysters', "Boyle's discursive style made him the object of playful satire, and Swift confesses that the present work was the inspiration of his 'Occasional Meditations on a Broomstick', and it is usually stated that Reflection III of Section VI on 'The Eating of Oysters' (p. 194) gave birth to Gulliver's Travels." (Fulton, p.47).
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