HOGARTH, William (1697-1764) - TRUSLER, John (1735-1820). The Works of Mr. Hogarth Moralized. London: J. Goodwin, [ca 1824].

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HOGARTH, William (1697-1764) - TRUSLER, John (1735-1820). The Works of Mr. Hogarth Moralized. London: J. Goodwin, [ca 1824].


4to., (11 4/8 x 8 4/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece, engraved title-page, and illustrated throughout with vignettes of Hogarth's illustrations engraved by Corbould and Dent. Contemporary half maroon morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt (quite worn).

Provenance: With the modern armorial bookplate of "AS" "ex operis nobilitas" on the front paste-down.

Later edition, first published in 1768.  Hogarth needs little introduction, and this volume contains vignettes of his engravings from "Harlot's Progress", "Rake's Progress", Election" "Marriage a-la-Mode", "Industry and Idleness", amongst many more. Trusler himself published "a prodigious range of works on topics as diverse as medicine, farming, history, politeness, law, theology, travel, and gardening. In 1766 Jane Hogarth, the widow of the artist, employed Trusler to supply explanatory commentaries of the prints, and she herself sold the resulting Hogarth Moralized (1768). Trusler was an enthusiastic and fearless compiler of others' works, the most popular of which was his ‘methodised and digested’ version of Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his Son (1774), published as Principles of Politeness in 1775. In the same year he published a second volume, aimed at young ladies, which was written by himself. In 1781 he produced A Concise View of the Common and Statute Law of England; he also abridged William Blackstone's Commentaries in 1788 and Thomas Stackhouse's biblical history for the use of schools, entitled A Compendium of Sacred History (1797). Trusler wrote several books on conduct as well as self-help manuals, including the popular and practical The Way to be Rich and Respectable, Addressed to Men of Small Fortune (1775), which explains how a country gentleman may ‘live as well as, and make an appearance in life equal to, a man of £1000 a year and not expend £400’ (title-page)." (Emma Major for DNB). Catalogued by Kate Hunter