London: British Library, 2004,
First Edition. octavo, cloth in dust jacket. xxxvii, 266pp. British Library, New. Item #14608
Benjamin Disraeli was of the opinion that he was born in a library. The library was reputed to have held about 25,000 tomes, and belonged to his father, Isaac D'Israeli, a prolific and popular author of fiction, poems and historical subjects. Over his lifetime, Isaac had much to say about books, and the essays in this volume demonstrate his 'honest desire of giving useful pleasure', as well as his conviction that books form the character of civilisation. New.