BIRNIE, Richard (1808-1888)
Essays: social, moral, and political.
/ By Richard Birnie, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law. [Selected and reprinted from “The Australasian”]. Melbourne : Alex M’Kinley & Co., Printers & Publishers, 61 Queen Street, 1879. Octavo (187 mm), publisher’s gilt-stamped tan cloth over boards (scattered ink marks and small stains), spine lettered in gilt (a little darkened); pp vii, [1 blank], 222, [1 publisher’s advertisement], (final blank removed); edges with very light spotting, contents clean, binding firm.
The essay titles are: Christmas / Cleanliness / Conceit / Common sense / Classical Literature / Diet / Early closing / Fact and fiction / Flattery / Interference / Imagination / Marking time / Nonsense / Noblesse oblige / Old age / Pride / Ridicule / Rivalry / Suicide / Sarcasm / The puddingbag / Tact / The convict expires / Vanity.