8vo. 234pp. Rebound in later half leather, with marbled boards. Five raised bands on spine. Spine label is red leather with gilt lettering. Bound without frontispiece. Otherwise contents is bright, clean and complete. Engraved vignettes throughout. First edition. The only edition to be published during Collier’s lifetime (1714-1755). The work is intended to teach a reader the various methods for “teasing and mortifying” one’s acquaintances, although The Feminist Companion to Literature in English notes that Jane Collier “writes as a sufferer, not inflicter, of hurt” (Blain et al., p. 370). Dr Katharine Craik described the work as “a courageous social satire published at a time when satires were usually written by and for men” (Craik, p. xi).
Collier, Jane, An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting; with Proper Rules for the Excercise of that Pleasant Art. Humbly addressed; In the first part, To the Master, Husband etc. In the Second Part, To the Wife, Friend etc. With some General Instructions for Plaguing all your Acquaintance., Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, 1753
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