Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File B: Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[KING (Dr. William).]. The Dreamer. Printed for W. Owen, at Homer's Head, in Fleet-street, 1754.Cr.8vo in half sheets; half-title not called for; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-Ii, Kk-Nn4, Oo2; pp.[IV]+240+xxviii (Index, with 8ll. Errata at end)+14 (Advertisement By the Bookseller, with 2ll. Errata at foot of last page)+[ii (integral advertisements)]; contemporary full sprinkled calf, red label. Leather slightly chipped at head and tail of spine, and cracking slightly over joints; front free end-paper lacking; short tear in upper margin of Nn3, without loss; otherwise very nice.

Rothschild, 1302; CBEL, II, p.320; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.15 (this being the collection copy), describing the novel as a peripheral interplanetary item; not in Block or Summers. Locke is in error in calling for a half-title. Two issues of the book are known: the other (and probably later) issue having an additional section containing ‘A Translation Of the Latin Epistle In the Dreamer' added on. The book is chiefly remarkable for the appearance as a footnote on pp.81-89 of the first printing Swift's poem ‘The Answer [to Paulus, by Mr. L-----y]'. V. H. Williams, ‘Swift's Poems', II, p.431. The present copy has another, and unconnected, work bound in at the end: [ELIBANK (Lord).]. An Inquiry Into the Original and Consequences Of the Public debt. Printed for M. Cooper, in Pater-noster-Row, 1754. Half-title lacking; pp.vii+[i (blank)]+40]. Slight foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

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[KIRKBY (John).]. The Capacity and Extent Of the Human Understanding; Exemplified In the Extraordinary Case Of Automathes; A Young Nobleman, Who was Accidentally left in his Infancy, upon a Desolate Island, and continued Nineteen Years in that solitary State, Separated from all Human Society. A Narrative Abounding with many surprizing Occurrences, Both Useful and Entertaining to the Reader. London: Printed for R. Manby, and H. Shute Cox, On Ludgate-Hill, 1745.12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-Z, Aa6, Bb4; pp.[iv]+1-96+109-284; recent half natural calf, marbled boards, calf ruled blind on sides and spine, spine with five raised bands, contrasting label. A fine copy beautifully re-bound in period style.

A lost race Utopian novel by Edward Gibbon's tutor in which, after a shipwreck, the narrator encouters an unknown race of white people speaking ancient Greek: the story of Automathes, a Robinsonade, appears as a ‘story within a story' in this frame, and is based on an earlier and much shorter novel called 'The History of Autonous' published anonymously in 1736, and which may or may not have been by Kirkby. (This is discussed in an article by Professor W.H. Hudson published in ‘Popular Science Weekly' in 1901.) The story appears to have had some interest to Mozart: in an inventory of his belongings made at the time of his death in 1791 he is recorded as possessing a copy: not of the present edition, however, but of a later one, printed in London in 1761. Block, p.129; CBEL, II, p.540, note; Locke, ‘Spectrum II', p.10; not in Rothschild, or Bleiler. The discontinuity in pagination between pp.96 and 109 coincides with the gap in the signatures between ‘I' and ‘K', but the catch-words and sense continue and there is nothing lacking. It would indeed be abnormal to have both a gathering ‘I' and a gathering ‘J' present in the same book. In the present instance it would appear likely that the printer distributed the text between two typesetters, and miscalculated the pagination. In this copy, the following erratum and typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined, and the list should not be taken as exhaustive): p.51, l.18, ‘Food' for ‘Flood'; p.52, l.22, ‘i' lacking of ‘in'; p.56, page number, ‘5' so battered as to be virtually absent; p.65, l.17, ‘i' raised at start.

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[KNIGHT (Ellis Cornelia).]. Dinarbas; A tale: Being A continuation of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. London: Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry, 1790.F'cap 12mo; half-title not called for; three line Errata at end of Contents; A6, B-I, K-P12; pp.xii+336; contemporary full natural calf, excellently re-backed with matching calf, tooled gilt on sides, and on spine in matching period style, black lettering-piece; a.e.g.; original marbled end-papers. Title-page neatly restored with matching paper where ownership inscription has been cut away from blank upper margin; piece chipped from blank upper corner of leaf K10; otherwise a very nice copy.

Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.94; CBEL, II, p.549; Block, p.129; Rothschild, 1305. Prompted by a passage in Hawkins' ‘Life': "The tale of ‘Rasselas' was written to answer a pressing necessity, and was so concluded as to admit of a continuation; and, in fact, Johnson had meditated a second part in which he meant to marry the hero, and place him in a state of permanent felicity." A second edition, still anonymous, appeared in 1792 from the same publisher. By 1800 there had been four editions, and by 1820 at least ten.

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[LA CALPRENEDE (Gautier de Costes, Seigneur de).]. [C]assandra: The Fam'd Romance. The Whole Work: In Five Parts; Written Originally in French. And Now Elegantly rendred into English By a Person of Quality. [London:] Printed for Hum[phrey Moseley, at the Princes Arms in St. Pauls] Church y[ard; William Bentley, and Thomas Heath, in Covent-Garden, 1652.]F'cap folio gathered in fours and sixes; title-page with woodcut device, printed in red and black; [ ]2, a2, B-I, K-T, V, X-Ii, Kk4, Ll, Aaaa, Bbbb6, Cccc-Iiii, Kkkk-Tttt, Vuuu, Xxxx, Aaaaaa-Iiiiii, Kkkkkk-Tttttt4, Vuuuuu6, Aaaaaaa-Hhhhhhh, Jjjjjjj-Lllllll4, 8A-8F4, 8G6, 8H, 8I, 8K, 8L, Aaaaaaaaa-Bbbbbbbbb4, Ccccccccc3 (signed 2-[4]), Ddddddddd-Iiiiiiiii, Kkkkkkkkk4, Lllllllll2; pp.[viii (title-page; To the Reader; The Author to Callista)]+1-57+60-65+64-173+[i (blank)]+[iv (Epistle Dedicatory to the Second Part; To the Reader)]+179-267+[i (blank)+168+164+1-82+ 89-94+91+[i (blank)]+1-16+19-83+[i (blank)]. Disbound, but sewing sound; faint old library stamp on blank margin of title page and two other leaves; two corners chipped from title leaf, with loss as shown, and title leaf laid down; hole in leaf [ ]2 with loss of all or part of about seven words, these being supplied in ms.; small hole in leaf Tttttt2, with loss of one letter; blank corners chipped from eight leaves; large corner of leaf T4 sewn on almost invisibly with silk; small worm holes affecting blank inner margins of fourteen leaves; original paper flaw affecting blank margins of nine leaves; several leaves torn without loss; a very little marginal dusting and a few small marks and stains; in general, however, a nice copy of a scarce title.

The title page is correct, which is attested by comparison with the British Library copy, and also by the repetition of the imprint and date on the colophon at foot of Lllllllll1v (p.82 of last Part). The several discontinuities in the pagination are correct, and self-explanatory with the exception of that coinciding with the lack of leaf Ccccccccc1, which, however, involves no discontinuity of text (the catchwords following on). This agrees also with the British Library copy, the two volumes collating identically throughout. Leaf Kkkkkk3 is mis-signed Llllll3; leaf Jjjjjjj4 is mis-signed Iiiii3. The first edition of this translation, by Sir Charles Cotterell, and the first complete edition in English of a work which commenced publication in French in 1642. Another translation, of the first three Books only of Part I, which is ascribed to George Digby, Earl of Bristol, appeared in f'cap 8vo format in the same year, the title-page reading: Cassandra. The Fam'd Romance. Written originally in French And Now Elegantly rendered into English By an Honorable Person. London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley and are to be sold at his Shop at the Princes Armes in St Pauls Churchyard, 1652. The similarity of title page, author ascription, and imprint between the two editions has led to a great deal of bibliographical confusion, as a result of which the present edition does not appear in Esdaile (who lists no edition of the Cotterell translation earlier than 1667), CBEL (which hypothesises an undicovered edition dated 1653 from the date of a [thoroughly misleading] Epistle Dedicatory first added to the edition of 1661 and reprinted in all subsequent editions), new CBEL (which is, if anything, a little more confused), Wing, or NUC (though NUC lists no fewer than ten copies of the George Digby edition, which it ascribes, by a further confusion, to Cotterell). New Wing sets the record straight, recording this edition as L106A, but listing only the British Library, Bodleian, and Oxford copies in Great Britain, the Universities of Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Harvard copies in America, and the University of Toronto copy in Canada, the grand total of eight copies still making it clear that the 1652 Cotterell edition is far scarcer than the incomplete (but cheaper) Digby edition, the incompleteness of which one does, however, regret, since it is a far sharper and more colloquial text.

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[LANGHORNE (John).]. Solyman And Almena. London: Printed for H. Payne and W. Cropley, at Dryden's Head in Pater-noster-Row, 1762.12mo in half-sheets; half-title not called for; [ ]2, A-G6, H1; pp.86; contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards; fore- and lower- edges lightly trimmed. Back board detached; a little scattered dusting and two or three small stains; small hole in blank lower margins of leaves A2 and 3, and C3 due to an original paper fault; small chip from blank lower margin of A4; E and E6 opened a little roughly at top-edges, with resultant small chip from extreme blank margin of each; otherwise a nice copy in largely uncut state.

Langhorne's first fiction. The British Library has two editions of this title, one, with a defective title-page, has the same imprint and date, but collates: iv+198+[ii (publisher's advertisements)]; the other, collating iv+175+[i (blank)], was published in Dublin by W. Smith, Sen. and J. Potts, also in 1762. These appear to represent a later and greatly expanded version of the same text. The present work, which finishes with Chapter XXV, has ‘FINIS' at the foot of p.86, and is certainly complete as issued, the story being brought to a point of rest. CBEL, II, p.369; Block, p.133: both listing only the one edition in this year; this title not in Rothschild.

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[LANGHORNE (John).]. The Correspondence Of Theodosius and Constantia, From their first acquaintance to the departure of Theodosius. Now first published from the Original Manuscripts. By the Editor of the Letters that passed between Theodosius and Constantia, After she had taken the Veil. London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. Dehondt, At Tully's Head, in the Strand, 1765.F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; copper-engraved frontispiece by I. Taylor; two line Errata on verso of title-page; text-paper advertisement leaf of Langhorne's works follows author's Advertisement; A8, a4, B - I, K8, L4; pp.xxii+[ii]+152; contemporary full sprinkled calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled gilt on sides and spine, brown burnished edges; binder's blank at front and back. Calf very slightly worn at extreme head and tail of spine, and slightly cracked at head of front joint; a few leaves very lightly foxed; in general, however, an excellent copy.

Langhorne's name appears at the end of the dedication, and his initials at the end of the author's Advertisement. The correct first edition. A good deal scarcer than the work to which it forms a pendant. NCBEL, 2: 666; CBEL, II, p.369, listing the work, apparently by confusion with ‘The Letters That passed between Theodosius And Constantia; After She had taken the veil.' as dated 1764. the British Library did not acquire this title until the Five Year Supplement, 1971-1975, earlier Catalogues showing the same confusion as CBEL, and listing the later editions of ‘The Correspondence' as though they are mere reprints of the 1763 work under another title (which they may well be, and certainly sometimes at least are), and not of the 1765 work which was then unknown to it. NUC Lists the present edition, and also a second edition dated 1766, which declares its status on the title-page. ESTC, T119399; this title not in Block or Rothschild.

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[LANGHORNE (John).]. The Correspondence Of Theodosius and Constantia, From Their first acquaintance To The departure of Theodosius: With The letters Which passed between them after Constantia Had taken the veil. A new edition. Printed by T. Bensley, For Vernor and Hood, Poultry; J. Cuthell, Holborn; And H.L. Gardner, Strand, 1799. Bound up without the half-title, but with the final leaf of Vernor and Hood advertisements present; modern grey boards. Lacking the backstrip; two or three leaves lightly dampstained; otherwise a very nice copy, with large margins.

A beautiful example of Bensley's printing at its best. A very popular novel, first published in 1763.

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[LEE (Sophia).]. The Recess; Or, a Tale of other Times. By the author Of the Chapter of Accidents. Vol. I [II; III]. London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1785. 3 vols., pott 8vo format, but unwatermarked; half-titles apparently not called for; dedication leaf and author's Advertisement leaf follow tite leaf in volume one; Errata to volumes one and two on verso of title-leaf in volume three (3 plus 8 entries); pp.[vi]+263+[i (blank)]; [ii]+298; [ii]+356; []1, [-]2,B - I, K - R8, S4; []1, B - I, K - T8, U4, X1; []1, B - I, K - U, X - Z8, Aa2; contemporary watered calf tooled gilt and with red lettering piece and small oval green numbering piece on spine. Rejointed externally, and volume two slightly foxed, but a nice copy.

In this copy p.2 in volume one has no page number; p.211 in volume two is misnumbered ‘111'. On all leaves the chain-lines run vertically. Summers, pp.94 and 473, says that volume I was dated 1783 and volumes II and III 1785; CBEL, II, p.548, following Summers, agrees. Summers, however, cites no actual copy, and it is not unknown for him to have mis-read his notes. Block, p.135, citing the British Library copy and two others, calls for all three volumes to be dated 1785. It is not impossible Summers was right, however, and this set to some extent supports the supposition, the single inset title to volume one here being a fraction shorter and narrower than the text block, and therefore possibly a cancel. It seems on the face of it unlikely that many copies of volume one will have been issued in 1783, even if it were printed then, given that the remaining volumes were not to be available for purchase for a further two years, and it is by no means impossible that the bulk of the issue remained in sheets waiting to be bound until the other two volumes were printed, and were therefore provided with a cancel title bearing the later date before binding. It is also possible, of course, that the date 1783 was an erratum later corrected by a cancel. A second edition is known in which all three volumes were dated 1786, though Summers records it as though the first volume was dated 1785, and it is certainly the case that mixed sets were issued, both of this and later printings. It seems unlikely, however, that a second edition of volume one only should have been called for in 1785, all three volumes then being reprinted in the following year.

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The First English Historical Novel


[LELAND (Thomas).]. Longsword, Earl of Salisbury. An Historical romance. Vol.I [II]. London: Printed for W. Johnston, in Ludgate-Street, 1762.2 Vols., f'cap 8vo; half-titles not present, possibly not called for; copper engraved frontispiece by C. Grignion after S. Wale in each volume; p.[80] in volume one (correctly) blank; nine line Errata at foot of text at end of volume two; [A]1, B-I, K-O8, P4; [A]1, B-I, K-N8, O6; pp.[ii]+216; [ii]+204; recent quarter natural calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered gilt, marbled sides; buff hand-made paper end-papers and binder's blanks. Calf of spines somewhat mottled; first gathering of volume one a trifle foxed and dusty, and with two insignificant tears in extreme blank lower margins; insignificant chip from blank upper fore-corner of last leaf in volume two; a little light scattered foxing passim; in general, nonetheless, a nice copy.

Noted as the first English historical novel, the story is also in some respects pre-Gothic. Written by the historian of Ireland. CBEL, II, p.546; NCBEL, 2: 1000; ESTC, N2902; Summers, pp.95 and 390; Block, p.136; this title not in Rothschild or Tinker. No copy has been recorded at auction in more than the last twenty years. It seems at least possible that half-titles are not called for, and that the title leaves were printed conjugate with the final gathering of volume two, completing the full sheet. The rebound British Library copy is also without the half-titles. It has, however a additional leaf bearing the author's Advertisement and the four line Errata to volume one bound in following the advertisement. It appears originally to have been tipped in, but in the course of rebinding has been pasted to an inset stub. The present copy, also rebound, shows no signs of having lost this inset leaf, and may belong, therefore, to an earlier issue prepared before the Author's advertisement had been received or these Errata found.

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The First English Historical Novel[LELAND (Thomas).]. Longsword, Earl of Salisbury. An Historical romance. Vol.I [II]. London: Printed for W. Johnston, in Ludgate-Street, 1762.2 Vols., f'cap 8vo, bound in one; half-titles not present, possibly not called for; copper engraved frontispiece by C. Grignion after S. Wale in each volume; author's Advertisement leaf (a single inset) bound in after title leaf in volume one, bearing a four entry Errata to volume one at foot of text on verso; p.[80] in volume one (correctly) blank; nine line Errata at foot of text at end of volume two; [A]1, [ ]1, B-I, K-O8, P4; [A]1, B-I, K-N8, O6; pp.[ii]+[ii]+216; [ii]+204; recent quarter natural calf, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, ruled blind on sides, preserving the original marbled sides, end-papers, and binder's blanks; a.e. brown. End-papers a little stained by contact with the original calf; frontispiece to volume one and final leaf of volume two a trifle foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Noted as the first English historical novel, the story is also in some respects pre-Gothic. Written by the historian of Ireland. CBEL, II, p.546; NCBEL, 2: 1000; ESTC, N2902; Summers, pp.95 and 390; Block, p.136; this title not in Rothschild or Tinker. No copy has been recorded at auction in more than the last twenty years. It seems at least possible that half-titles are not called for, and that the title leaves were printed conjugate with the final gathering of volume two, completing the full sheet: the inset Advertisement leaf with the Errata to volume one being an afterthought. The rebound British Library copy is also without the half-titles.

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[LEWIS (Matthew Gregory)]. The monk: A Romance. In three volumes. London: Printed for J. Bell, Oxford-Street, 1796. 12mo; cancel title leaf to volume one, as usual; pp.viii+232; [ii]+287+[i (blank)]; [ii]+315+[i (blank)]; A4, B - I, K12, L8; A1, B - I, K - N12; A1, B - I, K - O12, P2; half natural calf, marbled sides, spine gilt in compartments. Re-backed with matching calf (retaining the contemporary sides and end-papers); title to volume one rubbed with loss of some letters of epigraph, and old, neat, pen restorations, that to volume three neatly reinserted; small hole in D6, D7, and D8 of volume two with loss, in all, of about four letters of text; some leaves badly opened, with chips to blank corners and margins; and slight tallow spotting to two leaves of text in volume three, with light offsetting; otherwise a nice, clean, large copy, with some uncut edges.

From the library of Francis Wrangham the noted nineteenth century scholar bibliophile and collector and bearing on the upper margin of each title-page the inscription ‘Manchester to Fr. Wrangham/ 1796' (v. ‘The English Portion of the Library of the Ven. Francis Wrangham M.A. F.R.S. Archdeacon of Cleveland' Malton 1826 p.582 for a record of what was presumably this copy (though if so he adds to the confusion surrounding its publication by misdating it 1795) and Sadleir's comment on his possession of it in his paper on Wrangham ‘Supplement to the Bibliographical Society's Transactions. No.12' Oxford 1937 p.47 "that Wrangham was well alive to books beyond his immediate circle and capable of keen interest in views he certainly disapproved is shown by the presence of first editions of ‘Vathek' and of Beckford's ‘Extraordinary Painters'; of Lewis's ‘Monk';..."). It was presumably included in the sale of his library by Mr. Leigh Sotheby in two ten-day sales in July and November-December 1843 (comprising 5758 lots!) and was perhaps then purchased by The Knight of Morar whose armorial bookplate is preserved on each front paste-down. W.B.Todd ‘The Early Editions and Issues of "The Monk"; Summers pp.419-20; Rothschild 1327. Todd's first printing first issue: with ‘conscience' instead of ‘confidence' at p.25 l.14 in volume one; ‘occasionally' not ‘frequently' at p.73 l.23 in volume two; and the catchword ‘infi-' not ‘infinite' on p.274 of volume three with no publisher's advertisements on p.[316] and with the longer version of the death of Ambrosio recording that he lingered six days after he fell onto the rocks without the apostrophe to the "Haughty Lady" which was substituted for it in the unacknowledged second printing and added to it in the second issue of the first printing (this last being denominated on the cancel titles ‘Second Edition'); whilst the title-page in each volume carries the words ‘In three volumes' below the epigraph rather than above it as in the second printing. Summers who wrote without the benefit of Todd's 1950 study gives the first two printings in reversed order. In all but one recorded copy of Todd's first issue the title-page to volume one is a cancel: in one anomalous copy it is integral and bears the date ‘1795' this error being evidently the reason for the cancel having been made. It is probable that no copies were intended to be issued so dated: the book was not published until March 1796.

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[LEWIS (Matthew Gregory)]. The monk: A Romance. In three volumes. London: Printed for J. Bell, Oxford-Street, 1796. 12mo; pp.viii+232; [ii]+287+[i (blank)]; [ii]+315+[i (blank)]; A4, B - I, K12, L8; A1, B - I, K - N12; A1, B - I, K - O12, P2; contemporary full calf, marbled sides, spine with gilt rules and lettering-piece. Binding rubbed; a few scattered fox-spots; otherwise a nice copy.

W.B.Todd, ‘The Early Editions and Issues of "The Monk"; Summers, pp.419-20; Rothschild, 1327. Summers' first issue, but Todd's second: with ‘confidence' instead of ‘conscience' at p.25, l.14, in volume one; ‘frequently' not ‘occasionally' at p.73, l.23, in volume two; and the catchword ‘infinite' not ‘infi-' on p.274 of volume three, with publisher's advertisements on p.[316], and with the shorter version of the death of Ambrosio, in which he dies immediately, followed by the apostrophe to the "Haughty Lady", which was not present in the other issue; whilst the title-page in each volume carries the words ‘In three volumes' above the epigraph rather than below it.

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LOCKMAN (Mr. [John]). The Bachelor Of Salamanca; Or, Memoirs Of Don Cherubim de la Ronda. In Three Parts. Written originally in French by Mr. [Alain René]Le Sage; Author of the Devil upon Two Sticks, and Gil Blas. Translated by Mr. Lockman. London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, and C. Davis in Pater-Noster-Row; and G. Hawkins at Milton's Head between the two Temple-Gates in Fleet- Street, 1737. TOGETHER WITH: LOCKMAN (Mr. [John]). The Bachelor Of Salamanca; Or, Memoirs Of Don Cherubim de la Ronda. Vol. II. and Last. Written in French by Mr. [Alain René] Le Sage, Author of the Devil upon Two Sticks, and Gil Blas. Translated by Mr. Lockman. London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, and C. Davis, in Pater-Noster-Row; and G. Hawkins at Milton's Head, between the two Temple-Gates, in Fleet-Street, 1739.2 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; frontispiece and two plates in each volume; woodcut head- and tail- pieces passim; page of Bettesworth, Hitch, and Davis advertisements at end of first volume; two entry Errata present at end of Preface by the Translator in first volume, one entry Errat. [sic] similarly placed in second volume; A2, b2, B-I, K-L12, M10; A6, b2, B-I, K-L12, M6; pp.[viii]+259+[i]; [xvi]+252; contemporary full sprinkled calf, spines ruled and numbered gilt and with red lettering pieces, burnished sprinkled edges. Sympathetically rebacked, with new lettering pieces; short marginal tears in b2 and H3 and small chip from margin of M1 in first volume, in no case touching printed area; very small ink-spot on extreme fore-margin of later prelims. in second volume; otherwise a very nice set.

The first appearance in English of Le Bachelier de Salamanque, the first three parts of which were first published in French in 1736 and their continuation (and conclusion) in 1738. Most of Le Sage's other novels were frequently reprinted in English: this title was not, and it is now difficult to find in any edition. Their is no list of illustrations, but the plates to the first volume are marked to face pp.93 and 203 and are here so bound in; those to the second volume are marked to face pp.85, 146, and 193, that for p.146 being bound in as frontispiece and the others as marked. In this copy in the first volume leaf B3 is signed D3 and leaf B4 is signed B5; in the second volume leaf E3 is signed F3. CBEL, II, p.543; Esdaile, p.259; McBurney, 324 and 324b; not in Rothschild.SEE ALSO SMOLLETT

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[MACKENZIE (Henry).]. The Man Of the World. In two parts. Volume I [II]. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1773. 12mo; half-titles present; 7ll. Errata at foot of last page of text in volume one; 2ll. Errata on verso of last leaf in volume two; pp.[iv]+340; [iv]+251+[i]; contemporary full sheep, with lettering-piece to spine. 2 Vols. bound together; leather of spine somewhat chipped and with vertical crack (between volumes); joints cracked, but holding on the cords and end-papers; some marginal worming, chiefly to prelims. and first gathering of volume one, neatly restored with matching period paper, and with no loss of text; piece chipped from blank fore-margin of leaf C9 and short tear to fore-margin of C10 made good with matching period paper; pp.85-8 (E7 - 9) show slight weakness at inner margins caused by the too forcible impression of the type, this being aggravated into a split on pp.91 - 2 (E11) neatly repaired with matching paper and without loss of text; blank corner and part of lower margin lacking to leaf I6, again without loss of text; small hole in I10 due to an original paper flaw, not affecting text; piece chipped from blank upper fore-margin of K5; tear to N12 caused by a printing mishap neatly made good without loss of text; small hole in blank inner margin of O9 (an original paper flaw); another in P9, with loss of one letter of text and parts of three more; small, light, stains to blank foremargins of pp.203 - 8, and 213 - 5; in volume two: small piece chipped from blank upper forecorner of B7, B8, and G8; small chip to lower forecorner of D1, upper forecorner of D7, and upper margin of D8, all without loss of text; small hole in blank foremargin of F2, blank lower forecorner of G6, and blank lower margin of L7 (original paper flaws); light embrowning to last half-dozen leaves; text clean throughout, and apart from the binding, which is utile but unlovely, probably a good deal better than it sounds. As a reading or binding copy.

Part of the second volume is set in America amongst the Cherokee Indians, some of whose customs it attempts to describe. Block, p.149; CBEL, II, p.547. In addition to the Errata recorded in the volume, the following errata (one of which may be merely a variant spelling) and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy (the former apparently present in all copies and hence without state or issue significance): volume one, p.28, l.11, ‘groop' for ‘group'; p.30, antepenultimate line, risen space after ‘suffering'; p.71, l.1, dot over ‘i' in ‘restrict' battered so that it looks like an accent (in some copies it is perfect); p.187, l.9 of text, hyphen at end of line raised; p.196, l.12, ‘an devery' for ‘and every'; p.218, antepenultimate line, broken ‘w' in ‘own' (in some copies it is perfect); volume two, p.53, last line, inverted commas lacking at end of line; p.119, l.3, inverted commas lacking at end of line; p.213, l.15, risen space before ‘place'; p.246, l.14, no ‘I' required before ‘receive', and l.15, ‘from' for ‘for' (both of these corrected in a contemporary hand). The paper on which these volumes are printed is of rather poor quality. The type damage suggests that it comes from the later portion of the print run.

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[MANLEY (Mary de la Riviere).]. Memoirs Of Europe, Towards the Close of the Eighth Century. [Vol.II.] Written by Eginardus, Secretary and Favourite to Charlemagne [Char- Lemagne]; And [and] done into English by [By] the Translator Of [of] the New Atlantis. London: Printed for John Morphew, near Stationers-Hall, 1710.2 Vols., post 8vo; half-titles not called for; seventeen entry Errata on A8v in first volume; twelve entry Errata on A8r in second volume, the verso bearing publisher's advertisements; A-I, K-U, X-Aa8; A-I, K-U, X-Y8; pp.[xvi (unpaginated)]+380; [xvi (unpaginated; including advertisements)]+336; contemporary panelled calf, ruled and tooled blind on sides, spine with five raised bands; sprinkled edges. Calf a little defective on back board in volume one; a very little light dusting and one or two small stains; a few small corners turned; small chips from blank lower fore-corners of B3, C4, and D4 in second volume; contemporary ink notes passim in both volumes (v. note); otherwise a nice copy.

An interesting copy. The first volume bears on the front end-paper the neat ink note of the first purchaser: ‘May 30th 1710 Pd. 3s=6d.' The advertisements in the second volume make clear that the ‘Second Edition, Corrected' of the first volume was in print by the time that it was published, and also the latest limiting date for the second volume, for: "There is in the Press, and will speedily be publish'd... ‘Sir Thomas Double at Court and in High Preferments'.... On the 17th September, 1710." The first issue of the first volume, without the 4pp. ‘Key' to the characters found in later copies. Both volumes have written into them instead the original owner's guesses, with some corrections presumably made from a ‘key', as to whom the characters represent. CBEL, II, p.535; Esdaile, p.268, records only volume two; McBurney 51 and 51a records only the first edition of the first volume, and a second edition of that with the first edition of volume two.

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MARMONTEL (M. [Jean-François]). Belisaire. Par M. Marmontel, De l'Académie Françoise. A Paris, Chez Merlin, Libraire, rue de la Harpe, A l'Image S. Joseph, 1767. Avec Approbation, & Privilége du Roi.12mo; half-title present; blank leaf follows last page of Préface; [ ] ii, a vi, A-I, K-O xii, P iv; pp.[4 (half-title and title)]+x (Preface)+[ii]+340+[iii (Approbation / Privilége)]; text-paper binder's blank before half-title, text-paper end-papers; original full sprinkled calf, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled (and in one case lettered) gilt in compartments. Leather cracked and a little chipped over back joint; front joint slightly cracking; corners of boards a trifle worn; small burn hole in blank upper margin of half-title; small hole due to an original paper flaw in blank lower margin of leaf D i; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, first issue (the Approbation later being suppressed) and the earliest state of text (without the ‘Addition' leaf that was added later to some copies): copy on ordinary paper, without plates. The ‘Catalogue hebdomadaire' lists three issues for the 7th February 1767: one 12mo, without plates, at 2 livres, as here (which we refer to below as ‘A'); one 12mo, with plates, at 3 livres (which we refer to as ‘C'); and one 8vo, with plates, at 5 livres (which we refer to as ‘B'). All three issues are set to the same measure, and the pagination is the same, but ‘A' was signed and gathered in sixes up to gathering ‘O', the final gathering, ‘P', being of four leaves, the first two of which bear respectively the signature marks P and Pii. It appears to have been printed first, the formes being then unlocked and re-imposed for printing as 8vo, the page signatures being appropriately altered at the same time, all but the last: the second leaf of the final signature, ‘Z', retaining, the original 12mo signature ‘Pii'. This provides a logical sequence, if not actual proof, that ‘A' was printed in advance of ‘B', and also shows that the type used was the same. It may be hypothesised that the plates were not ready by the time that ‘A' was printed (and perhaps, bound). Issues ‘A' and ‘B' share certain other peculiarities, not shared by ‘C', which suggest a closer relationship between them than with that: both for example have the full stop after ‘PRÉFACE' on p.[i] raised level with the mid-stroke of the ‘E', where in ‘C' it is correctly aligned. Likewise the type ornaments in ‘A' and ‘B' are the same, but those in ‘C' are sometimes different (the head-ornament on p.[i] for instance, or the tail ornament on p.20 or p.32) suggesting that though the type was kept standing, some at least of the type ornaments may have been plundered for use elsewhere before ‘C' came to be printed. Revisions and corrections, sometimes erroneous, were carried out between each of the three printings: the drop-head ‘BELISAIRE' on p.1 of ‘A', for instance, was corrected to ‘BÉLISAIRE' in ‘B', but restored to ‘BELISAIRE' in ‘C', presumably because that capital ‘E' had not been accented either in the title-page or running heads, though other capitalised acute ‘E's had been, as, for example, throughout, in ‘PRÉFACE'. The major differences in text, however, as far as a brief examination can determine, are not between ‘A' and ‘B', but between them and ‘C' (opening the volumes pretty well at random we find on p.viij, for example, ‘A' and ‘B' read ‘L'historien Procope' whilst ‘C' reads ‘L'Historien Procope'; on p.18 the antepenultimate line in ‘C' reads ‘savez' where the other two read ‘scavez'; on p.205 ‘change;' in the last line in ‘A' and ‘B' becomes ‘change,' in ‘C'). There is at least one difference in lineation also: though all three issues are set generally 24 lines to the page p.326 has an extra line in ‘A' and ‘B', but the correct number of lines in ‘C'. Other variants (pp.19 and 92, which are one line short, and pp.94, and 124, which have an extra line) are the same in all three printings. The text of Bélisaire ends on p.272, the remaining pages being occupied by a reprint of Marmontel's "Fragmens De Philosopie morale", this being supplied with a fly-title included in the pagination. Marmontel's views on toleration and freedom of opinion, as expressed in ‘Bélisaire' have earned it a place in eighteenth century philosophical thought as well as fiction.

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MARMONTEL (M. [Jean-François]). Belisaire. Par M. Marmontel, De l'Académie Françoise. A Paris, Chez Merlin, Libraire, rue de la Harpe, A l'Image S. Joseph, 1767. Avec Approbation, & Privilége du Roi.Lge.cr.8vo; half-title present; copper engraved frontispiece and three plates by C. le Vasseur after H. Gravelot; [-], A-I, K-T, V-Xviii, Ziv; pp.[4 (half-title and title)]+x (Preface)+[ii]+340+[iii (Approbation / Privilege)]+[i (blank)]; two binder's blanks at front, one at back; lacking the blank leaf ([-]viii) which should follow the Préface; contemporary full calf gilt, brown burnished edges. Rebacked, with black label; corners of boards worn; some foxing and marking passim, more or less confined to margins; small neat early name stamp on upper margin of title-page and one other leaf.

First edition, first issue (the Approbation later being suppressed) and the earliest state of text (without the ‘Addition' leaf that was added later to some copies): copy on large and thick paper. The ‘Catalogue hebdomadaire' lists three issues for the 7th February 1767: one 12mo, without plates, at 2 livres, (which we refer to below as ‘A'); one 12mo, with plates, at 3 livres (which we refer to as ‘C'); and one 8vo, with plates, as here, at 5 livres (which we refer to as ‘B'). All three issues are set to the same measure, and the pagination is the same, but ‘A' was signed and gathered in sixes up to gathering ‘O', the final gathering, ‘P', being of four leaves, the first two of which bear respectively the signature marks P and Pii. It appears to have been printed first, the formes being then unlocked and re-imposed for printing as 8vo, the page signatures being appropriately altered at the same time, all but the last: the second leaf of the final signature, ‘Z', retaining, in the present copy at least, the original 12mo signature ‘Pii'. This provides a logical sequence, if not actual proof, that ‘A' was printed in advance of ‘B', and also shows that the type used was the same. It may be hypothesised that the plates were not ready by the time that ‘A' was printed (and perhaps, bound). Issues ‘A' and ‘B' share certain other peculiarities, not shared by ‘C', which suggest a closer relationship between them than with that: both for example have the full stop after ‘PRÉFACE' on p.[i] raised level with the mid-stroke of the ‘E', where in ‘C' it is correctly aligned. Likewise the type ornaments in ‘A' and ‘B' are the same, but those in ‘C' are sometimes different (the head-ornament on p.[i] for instance, or the tail ornament on p.20 or p.32) suggesting that though the type was kept standing, some at least of the type ornaments may have been plundered for use elsewhere before ‘C' came to be printed. Revisions and corrections, sometimes erroneous, were carried out between each of the three printings: the drop-head ‘BELISAIRE' on p.1 of ‘A', for instance, was corrected to ‘BÉLISAIRE' in ‘B', but restored to ‘BELISAIRE' in ‘C', presumably because that capital ‘E' had not been accented either in the title-page or running heads, though other capitalised acute ‘E's had been, as, for example, throughout, in ‘PRÉFACE'. The major differences in text, however, as far as a brief examination can determine, are not between ‘A' and ‘B', but between them and ‘C' (opening the volumes pretty well at random we find on p.viij, for example, ‘A' and ‘B' read ‘L'historien Procope' whilst ‘C' reads ‘L'Historien Procope'; on p.18 the antepenultimate line in ‘C' reads ‘savez' where the other two read ‘scavez'; on p.205 ‘change;' in the last line in ‘A' and ‘B' becomes ‘change,' in ‘C'). There is at least one difference in lineation also: though all three issues are set generally 24 lines to the page p.326 has an extra line in ‘A' and ‘B', but the correct number of lines in ‘C'. Other variants (pp.19 and 92, which are one line short, and pp.94, and 124, which have an extra line) are the same in all three printings. The present 8vo issue is not to be confused with the 240pp. 8vo edition, with a corrected text set to a larger measure, which was published later the same year. The text of Bélisaire ends on p.272, the remaining pages being occupied by a reprint of Marmontel's "Fragmens De Philosopie morale", this being supplied with a fly-title included in the pagination. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face the start of chapters VI, VII, and XVI (pp.57, 69, and 255), and are here so bound in. Marmontel's views on toleration and freedom of opinion, as expressed in ‘Bélisaire' have earned it a place in eighteenth century philosophical thought as well as fiction.

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[MERCIER (Louis-Sébastien)]. Memoirs Of the year Two thousand Five hundred. Translated from the French By W. Hooper, M.D. In two volumes. London, Printed for G. Robinson, in Pater-noster-Row, 1772. 2 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not present, possibly not called for [v.note]; author's Advertisement leaf with seven entry Errata at foot and Contents to volume one on verso follows title-page in volume one; Contents leaf to volume two with five entry Errata on verso (evidently misbound) follows the Epistle Dedicatory in volume one; pp.[x (should be viii)]+224; [ii (should be iv)]+248; [ - ]2, a3 (ex 2!), B - I, K12, L4; [ - ]1 (ex 2), B - I, K - L12, M4; contemporary mottled calf, tooled gilt on sides, elaborately tooled gilt on spine, red lettering piece. green numbering piece, both also elaborately tooled gilt; burnished edges. Front cover to volume one neatly re-attached, other joints all a little cracking; signature ‘E. Calvert' on upper margin of each title-page, and old ownership stamp partly removed from inner margin, with consequent slight thinning to that of volume two; a very little scattered spotting or light foxing in text; small hole in lower margin of F3 in volume two, apparently due to a paper flaw; otherwise a nice copy.

From the library of Eric Quayle and bearing his brief initialled pencilled notes on the front end-paper of volume one. Published originally in French in 1771 under the title ‘L'An deux milles quatre cent quarante'. The translator's Advertisement says that the title is the only change that he has made to the original, but that he has added footnotes distinguished from those of the original by being in italics. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.15: "Utopian novel of the France of the future; an early example of the ‘sleeper awakes' theme'; Clute and Nicholls, ‘Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p.798: "a central 18th century text"; Bleiler, ‘Science Fiction: The Early Years, 1476, ‘Checklist', (1948), p.26, (1978), p.138; Clarke, ‘Tale of the Future', (1978), p.2; Lewis, ‘Utopian Literature', pp.120 - 2; Negley, ‘Utopian Literature: A Bibliography', 772; Versins, ‘Encyclopedie de l'utopie, des Voyages Extraordinaires et de la Science Fiction, p.582; Reginald, 10017. In this copy, probably as always, the date on the title-page to volume one, which is in Roman numerals, has the first ‘x' in too small a fount.

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[MOORE (Dr. John).]. Edward. Various views Of Human nature, Taken From Life and Manners, Chiefly in England. By the Author of Zeluco. In two volumes. London: Printed for A. Strahan, and T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, (Successors to Mr. Cadell) in the Strand, 1796.2 Vols., lge.post 8vo; half-title present in each volume; twenty-two entry Errata to both volumes followed by 3pp. integral advertisements at the end of volume two; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-II, KK8, LL4; [A]2, B-I, K-U, X-II, KK-PP8, QQ4; pp.[iv]+519+[i (blank)]; [iv]+596+[i]+[iii]; contemporary full sprinkled calf, elaborately ruled and tooled gilt on spine, red and black lettering pieces, edges of boards tooled gilt. Gilt slightly rubbed on spines; front joint in volume one cracked but firm; marginal staining of prelims. from the turnovers of the calf; one erratum neatly corrected in ink; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

CBEL, II, p.550; Block, p.165. In addition to the Errata noted, in this copy at l.16 on p.337 in volume one ‘re-' has dropped out at the end of the line.

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MORRIS (Ralph). A Narrative Of the Life and astonishing Adventures Of John Daniel, A Smith at Royston in Hertfordshire, For a Course of seventy Years. Containing, The melancholy Occasion of his Travels. His Shipwreck with one Companion on a de-Solate Island. Their way of Life. His acci-Dental discovery of a Woman for his Compa-Nion. Their peopling the Island. Also, A Description of a most surprising Engine, invented By his Son Jacob, on which he flew to the Moon, With some Account of its Inhabitants. His return, And accidental Fall into the Habitation of a Sea-Monster, with whom he lived two Years. His fur-Ther Excursions in Search of England. His Resi-Dence in Lapland, and Travels to Norway, from Whence he arrived at Aldborough, and further Transactions till his death, in 1711. Aged 97. Illustrated with several Copper Plates. Engraved by Mr. Boitard. Taken from his own Mouth, By Mr. Ralph Morris. London: Printed for M. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater-Noster-Row. 1751.F'cap 12mo; half-title not called for; four copper-plates; pp.[xvi]+319+[i (blank)]; A8, B - I, K - O12, P4; pp.[xvi]+319+[i (blank)]; Victorian half-calf, marbled boards, black lettering piece ruled and tooled gilt. Covers rubbbed and worn, text rather marked and grubby; a couple of small marginal tears; last two leaves chipped at upper fore-corner with loss of part of page numbers and, in all, seventeen letters of text; lacking the plates, but with ink and wash drawings of flying contraptions on binder's blank at front and back of rear end-paper. As a reading copy.

Extremely scarce. Not in Rothschild, Block, or Summers; Locke, ‘Spectrum' p.16, recording only a 1926 reprint, and giving no details of the original beyond the date; CBEL, II, p.544, recording one further eighteenth century edition, and two nineteenth century ones in addition to that listed by Locke. "An eighteenth century pioneer of the genre." - Locke.

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[PALTOCK (Robert).]. The Life and Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, A Cornish Man: Relating particularly, His Shipwreck near the South Pole; his wonder-Ful Passage thro' a subterraneous Cavern into a kind Of new World; his there meeting with a Gawry or Flying [Or flying] Woman, whose Life he preserv'd, and after-Wards [Afterwards] married her; his extraordinary Conveyance To [Con-Veyance to] the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women that fly. Likewise a Description of [Of] this Strange [strange] Country, with the Laws, Customs, and [And] Manners of its Inhabitants, and the Author's re-Markable [Remarkable] Transactions among them. Taken from his own Mouth, in his Passage to England [Eng-Land], From off Cape Horn in America, in the Ship Hector. With an Introduction, giving an Account of the Surprizing [The surprizing] Manner of his coming on board that [That] Vessel, and his Death on his landing at Plymouth In [Ply-Mouth in] the Year 1739. Illustrated with several Cuts, clearly and distinctly re-Presenting [Representing] the Structure and Mechanism of the Wings of the Glums and Gawrys, and the Manner In which they use them either to swim or fly. By R.S., a Passenger in the Hector. In Two Volumes. Vol. I [No statement of number of volumes: Vol. II]. London: Printed for J. Robinson, at the Golden Lion in Lud-Gate-street [Ludgate-street]; and R. Dodsley, at Tully's Head, in [In] Pall Mall, 1751 [i.e., November, 1750].2 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not called for; volume two with one wood-engraved illustration in text, six copper engraved plates by Boitard (one large folding) following text, and five pages of integral advertisements at end; A12, a2, B-I, K-N12; A6, B-I, K-N12, O6; pp.[xxviii]+287+[i (blank)]; [xii]+295+[v]; contemporary full sprinkled calf, ruled gilt on sides, spine with five raised bands, ruled and tooled gilt on bands and in compartments, red labels, edges of boards tooled blind. Calf somewhat rubbed on spines, and a trifle chipped over joints, but sound; back end-paper lacking in volume two; one gathering lightly embrowned, and two or three leaves with slight foxing; caption of one plate slightly shaved; piece chipped from blank upper corner of two leaves in volume one, and small chip to blank fore-margin of title leaf in volume two; slight marginal staining to first and last leaves in each volume from the turnover of the calf; otherwise, and in general, a very nice copy.

Described by the Monthly Review in 1750 as "the illegitimate offspring of no very natural conjunction between ‘Gulliver's Travels' and ‘Robinson Crusoe'". A Utopian romance the hero of which was apparently named after the seventeenth century Bishop John Wilkins who had written on the art of flying whilst the heroine Youwarkee is said to have been modelled on Elizabeth Countess of Northumberland the dedicatee. The book was published anonymously but Paltock's authorship was an open secret among his contemporaries and the original contract preserved amongst Dodsley's papers has confirmed it. Lamb who writes of ‘Peter Wilkins' in ‘Christ's Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago' Coleridge Shelley Southey and Leigh Hunt all display some indebtedness to this pre-Romantic adventure. CBEL II p.544 records "at least 4 other editions before 1800; at least 16 since" whilst the book had a long enough life in fact to have been selected for inclusion in the ‘Everyman's Library' series in 1915. CBEL II p.544; Gove pp.320-327; Block p.178; Locke ‘Spectrum' Volume II p.11 noting no issue variants; not in Rothschild or Tinker. In this copy pp.231/2 and 236/7 in volume one are misnumbered 131/2 and 136/7; D6 in the same volume is signed D5 and K4 bears no signature mark; the sixth leaf of each gathering in volume one bears a signature mark but in volume two these leaves are left unsigned.

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PRATT (Mr. [Samuel J.]). Family Secrets, Literary and Domestic. By Mr. Pratt. In Five volumes. London: Printed for T.N. Longman, Paternoster-row, 1797.5 Vols., 12mo; half-title in volumes one, four, and five, none called for in two and three; final blank in volume one; dedication and Contents leaves present in each volume; Errata present in volumes one, three, four, five; contemporary calf, spines gilt, red labels. One joint weak, two gatherings slightly starting; contemporary ownership inscription on upper margin of each title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition not in BLC; not in Tinker or Rothschild; Block, p.189, citing a bookseller's copy only.

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PRATT (Mr. [Samuel J.]). Family Secrets, By Mr. Pratt. In Five volumes. Second edition, carefully revised. London: Printed for T.N. Longman, Paternoster Row, 1798.5 Vols., 12mo; half-title not present in volumes one, two, and five, none apparently called for in volumes three and four; final blank in volume one; leaf U[2] in volume four a cancel tipped-on to a stub, this followed by a further stub, leaf U12, like U1 at end of volume three, being a singleton; 4pp. integral advertisements at end of volume five; dedication and Contents leaves present in each volume; a3, A2, B-I, K-T12, U4; a5, B-I, K-S12, T6; a4, B-I, K-T12, U1; a4, U11, X-Z, Aa12, Bb10, B-I, K-N12, O2; a5, B-I, K-T12; pp.[iv]+ii+iv+439+[iii]; [x]+420; [viii]+434; [iv]+[iv (unpaged)]+[435]-574+[1]-292; [vi (unpaged)]+[v]-viii+428+[iv]; contemporary half natural calf, spines ruled gilt, dark brown label, drab boards. Some joints cracked or cracking; lacking the front board to volume five; marginal chip to author's Advertisement leaf and blank in volume one, without loss of text, and small hole in U11 of volume four, touching one letter, all evidently due to an original paper fault; text otherwise fine.

First published in the preceding year as ‘Family Secrets, Literary and Domestic', the present edition has been very extensively revised in the light of criticism - by which the author appears to have been stung. Leaf a4v of volume four bears the instruction to the binder: ‘Vol. IV. to begin with p.435 of Vol. III', and the cancellation leaf following, signed ‘U' (but in fact ‘U2', leaf ‘U1' being the last leaf of the preceding volume) is signed ‘Vol. IV', though subsequent gatherings to the end of the volume III page sequence are signed ‘Vol. III'. This title not in Rothschild or Tinker; Block, p.189, recording the first edition only; Summers, pp.125 and 316, recording the first edition, this edition, and a three volume Irish edition of 1800, but without noting the revisions or the dropping of the sub-title.

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