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Monteith, R[obert].
An Theater of Mortality: or, A Further Collection of Funeral Inscriptions over Scotland...

Edinburgh Printed by the Heirs and Successors of Andrew Anderson: 1713. 2nd Edition.

First published in 1704, one of the earliest English-language collections of epitaphs. Monteith dedicated the first edition to the worthy burghers of Edinburgh, and wrote that he hoped that "This Treatise may serve as a Monitor, to whisper you in the Ear, that you are Men And tho' you be called Gods, you must die. This sets before you the Memoirs, of those Excellent Worthies, whose Steps you tread and whose Vertues you imitate and whose (following) Inscriptions, changing only the Names, may be thought just Delineations and Descriptions of your selves, your Way and Walk". Robert Monteith, A.M., was the son of a merchant in Edinburgh. He took his degree as Master of Arts at the University there in 1662, and was appointed minister of Borgue in Kirkcudbright. In 1682, while serving at Carrington, he was accused of "sundry very gross miscarriages," and eventually deposed for drunkenness. Monteith then made a precarious living by publishing books and writing funeral elegies, and became noted especially for his book "Theater of Mortality". He died in Edinburgh on the 6th September 1719.

Hardcover. 4.5"x7", [i] [vi] 280 pages. Bound in full period polished calf with gilt spine decorations handsome engraved bookplate of William Nisbet of Dirleton. Covers with some wear, spine rubbed. Text a little browned.

Inventory #: 9738
Price: $ 375.00      



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