|Description: Beige cover, leather sections. Contains "A Series of Moral, Critical and Sentimental Essays" by Sir Egerton Brydges, K.--, M.D., London. Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, Paternoster-Row and dated 1813. On the fly-leaf is written: "Grace Cawthra Elliot with-----much regard from Ralph Brydges August 1936".
History: Grace Cawthra (1878-1974) was the youngest child of Henry (1830-1904) and Anna Celista (1837-1919) née Mills, Cawthra. She lived with her parents at their home "Yeadon" in Toronto until her mother's death in 1919. In 1921, at the age of 43, she married Colonel Harry Elliot, a long time family friend. They built a home together in 1926 which they named "Lotton" but is now known as the Cawthra Estate. The house was designed by renowned architect W.L. Sommerville and was fashioned in the Georgian/Colonial Revival style. The house and property are now owned by the City of Mississauga.
Samuel Egerton Brydges (1762-1837) was a renowned British author, literary editor, and genealogist. The majority of Brydges' output, published in editions of 100 or fewer copies, is now extremely rare. His Lee Priory Press which began production in 1813, published finely- printed, limited editions of hitherto neglected writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, among them Nicholas Breton, William Browne, Walter Raleigh and Margaret, Countess of Newcastle. His solid bibliographic achievements include: "The British Bibliographer (1810-1814)" and "Restitute: Titles, Extracts and Characters of Old Books in the English Language".|