Oxford: Printed by W. Jackson for the Author, 1752. First Edition. 4to, xvii, , 472, 2pp of "Corrections and Additions"; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. Bookplate; general soil; front hinge tender; edges worn; still a sound copy with generous margins. Item #206000
At a time when the art of biography was flourishing, Ballard offered this, his only published work, stating: ". . . I know not how it hath happened, that very many ingenious women of this nation, who were really posses'd of a great share of learning, and have, no doubt, in their time been famous for it, are not only unknown to the publick in general, but have been passed by in silence by our greatest biographers." (Preface) With subscribers list and a word blacked out on p. 178.