Essays Historical and Moral
London, J. Johnson, 1788. The second edition.
Scarce. 8vo. (21x12.5cm), xx+410 pages+ 2 page Catalogue of this author’s works. Bound with the half title page. Some foxing and marking throughout, mainly in the margins and never obscuring the text. A curved crease running across the top part of many pages, quite light but persistent, rather heavier on the last half dozen pages. One leaf with a blank corner missing. A few lightly pencilled notes in the margins.
Bound in full leather, worn and somewhat marked, the leather split along the front hinge and the front cover coming loose.
Part two contains two essays on slavery: ‘Of Slavery and the Slave Trade’ (28 pages) and A Short Review of the Arguments in Favour of the Good Polity of the Slave Trade’ (22 pages).
Gregory’s other essays range over a wide range of issues of pressing interest to his contemporaries, many of which are still live topics today, including education, the position of women in society and the reasonableness of suicide. They combine classical learning with an engagement with the, then contemporary, ideas of the Enlightenment.