Recreation for Members of the Inns of Court Murphy, Arthur [1727-1805]. The Gray's-Inn Journal. In Two Volumes. London: Printed by W. Faden for P. Vaillant, 1756. [xii], 328; [iv], 338 pp. 12mo (6-3/4" x 4-1/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces to spines, endpapers added. Some soiling and light shelfwear, corners bumped, a few chips to lettering pieces. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining in a few places, crack in text block of Volume II between pp. 334 and 335, tears to margins of adjacent leaves mended with cellotape, upper corners clipped from title pages of both volumes, which have library stamps, library markings to versos. $750. * Only edition. These volumes reprint the complete run of an important weekly periodical published from 1753 to 1754. Most of its articles are concerned with literature and theater. The Journal was highly regarded for these articles, especially those concerning Shakespeare. Others, many humorous or satirical, address current events, human nature, law and politics. There are also several mock trials and other examples of legal humor. A Dublin reissue was also published in 1756. Murphy, an associate of Samuel Johnson, was a notable barrister, journalist, actor, biographer, translator and playwright. English Short-Title Catalogue T112211.
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