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An effort towards promoting contentment.

Banff, 1785.

Reference: 6120
Price: £240 [convert currency]

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8vo. 20pp, incl. title with woodcut vignette. A fresh, untrimmed copy, sewn as issued in original blue paper wrappers.

A little semi-religious pamphlet, by an anonymous author presumably living somewhere in the vicinity of Banff, but who identifies himself here merely as “a friend”. He advocates a simple life as the way to contentment, espousing “industry, frugality, and care”, while guarding against “presumption and luxury”. The author rails against “vicious and ungodly monarchs”, while quoting Solomon “that a mess of green herbs, with contentment, in a cottage, is better than a stalled ox in a palace, with strife”. A scarce thing, not held in the British Library.