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  • [BODONI]. DELLA TORRE REZZONICO, Carlo Gastone (1742-1796). DAFNEIO, Dorillo, pseud.
    Versi sciolti e rimati di Dorillo Dafneio. Parma, Stamperia Reale, 1773.

    First edition. 8vo (208 x 135 mm), pp. [ii], [viii], 137, [1], lacking the final blank as usual, including engraved title with carved marble stone surrounded by garlands and an urn, small engraved head- and tailpieces, lower edges uncut, light ink marks to H7-8 and G5-6, occasional very slight marginal spotting, K1 unobtrusively strengthened at gutter, bound in contemporary block-stamped plain paper boards with olive-green zig-zag pattern, stitched as issued, a bit faded (old water stain) towards foot of spine, extremities a little worn.

    A scarce and delightful work by the prolific Della Torre Rezzonico, writing under the pastoral pseudonym of Dorillo Dafneio. Produced at the press of Giambattista… (more)

    A scarce and delightful work by the prolific Della Torre Rezzonico, writing under the pastoral pseudonym of Dorillo Dafneio. Produced at the press of Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813), this is one of numerous occasional publications, adorned with handsome engraved typographical ornaments, which he printed at the Royal Press of Duke Ferdinand of Parma and the Archduchess of Austria, Maria Amalia. Count Carlo Gastone dell Torre di Rezzonico was the darling of Roman society, a member of the Roman Accademia dell’Arcadia and a fashionable and accomplished poet, amateur musician and the organiser of legendary court parties. The philosophical, ornate verse in this collection, dedicated to Ferdinand and Maria Amalia, was typical of the Count’s activity at the court of Parma; for this work he was appointed chamberlain and colonel.

    Worldcat lists BL, Northwestern, Case Western, SMU, UCLA and St Catherine.

    Brooks 40; Cicognara 1343. Not in De Lama.

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  • QUEVEDO Y VILLEGAS, Francisco Gomez de (1580-1645).
    Visions. Translated from the Spanish of Don Francisco de Quevedo. To which is prefixed, an account of the life and writings of the author. London, Edom & Thomson, 1795.

    8vo (194 x 114 mm), pp. [iv], 284, with clean tear across pp. 209-212, through text but with no loss, in contemporary tree calf, very worn, joints split and spine damaged, head and tail of spine chipped, label largely missing, internally clean.

    A reading copy of a scarce edition of Quevedo’s prose satires in the form of a dream sequence, with a brief prefatory life of the… (more)

    A reading copy of a scarce edition of Quevedo’s prose satires in the form of a dream sequence, with a brief prefatory life of the author.

    ESTC t92768, at Aberdeen, BL, Cambridge, Bodleian, McGill, Princeton and Western Ontario.

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  • RODELLA, Giovanni Battista (1724-1794).
    Vita Costumi e Scritti del Conte Giammaria Mazzuchelli, Patrizio Bresciano. Brescia, Bossini, 1766.

    First Edition. 8vo, engraved portrait frontispiece and pp. [iv], 5-120, title-page vignette, in contemporary vellum, a little bit dusty and stained but sound and internally a clean and crisp copy, red morocco label lettered in gilt, with the contemporary inscription ‘1767 di Faustino Gussago’, all edges marbled.

    First edition of this comprehensive biography and bibliography of Giammaria Mazzuchelli (1707-1765). He is mostly remembered for his vastly ambitious work, the Scrittori d’Italia, 1753-1763,… (more)

    First edition of this comprehensive biography and bibliography of Giammaria Mazzuchelli (1707-1765). He is mostly remembered for his vastly ambitious work, the Scrittori d’Italia, 1753-1763, which, though it only extended to the first two letters of the alphabet, was widely praised for its biographical and bibliographical detail. In addition to his work as literary historian, Mazzuchelli was also an important cultural figure, as is clear from the list of his correspondents, which include Carli, Beccaria, Belgrado, Maffei, Muratori, Volpi and Tiraboschi. For a Brescia printing, it is also worth noting that Mazzuchelli was the founder of the Academia Mazzuchelliana, the Brescia literary society.

    OCLC and RLIN list copies at Oxford, Göttingen, Stanford, Berkeley, Newberry, Illinois, Harvard and Duke.

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  • CRAVEN, Lady Elizabeth Berkeley (1750-1828).
    Voyage de Milady Craven à Constantinople, par la Crimée, en 1786. Traduit de l’Anglois, par. M. D***. 1789.

    Second Edition in French?; First Edition. [with:] FRIESEMAN, Hendrik. Description historique et geographique de l’Archipel, rédigé d’après de nouvelles Observations, & particulièrement utile aux Négocians & aux Navigateurs. Newied sur le Rhin, Chez la Société Typographique. 1789. Two works in one volume, 8vo (190 x 115 mm), pp. [iv], 281; [vi], 143, [1], in contemporary quarter calf over red mottled boards, spine ruled and lettered gilt gilt, worn at extremities.

    A scarce French edition of this highly entertaining travel diary by the intrepid Lady Craven. Written as a series of letters to the Margrave of… (more)

    A scarce French edition of this highly entertaining travel diary by the intrepid Lady Craven. Written as a series of letters to the Margrave of Ansbach-Bayreuth, who later became her husband, Craven’s lively account of a journey across much travelled Europe into less travelled eastern Europe and on into the Middle East brought her much acclaim as a pioneer among women travellers. ‘[Her travels] caused Lady Craven to encounter people she had never met, to discover landscapes she had never seen and landscapes she was not used to. The accounts she gives of her experience are a wealth of information on her general perception of the unknown and her personal evolution in the course of this journey’ (Palma). This edition is probably a pirated edition, published in the same year as the first French edition, but without the map or plates.
    Bound after the Craven is a scarce guide to the Greek islands, attributed to Hendrik Frieseman, giving details on the population, principal towns, ports and monasteries and the chief trade or commodity of the islands. Geographical detail is also given, with a fairly subjective approach, hence Santorini: ‘Cette isle connue autrefois sous le nom de Thera & Calliste, c’est à-dire très-belle, ne mérite plus ce beau nom: elle n’est aujourd’hui autre chose qu’une carriere de pierre ponce. Ses côtes sont si affreuses, qu’on ne fait de quel côté les aborder; il y a toute apparence que ce font les tremblemens de terre qui les ont rendues inaccessibles. Son port ne pouroit être d’aucune utilité, n’ayant point de font du tout’.

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  • SONNINI De MANONCOURT, Charles Nicolas Sigisbert (1751-1812)
    Voyage en Grèce et en Turquie, Fait Par Ordre De Louis XVI et avec l’Autorisation de la Cour Ottomane; par C.S. Sonnini, de plusieurs Societies Litteraires et Savantes de l’Europe, et des Sociétés d’Agriculture de Paris et des Observateurs de l’Homme. Avec un volume grand in-4o contenant une très-belle Carte coloriés et des Planches gravées en taille-douce. Paris, Buisson, 1801.

    First Edition, text volumes only. Text volumes only, in two volumes, 8vo (205 x 130 mm), I: pp. [iv], 460, [iv]; II: pp. [iv], 460, [4], lower outer blank corner of II, D3 torn, a little light foxing in both volumes, in contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards, flat spines ruled and lettered in gilt, extremities a little worn, foot of second volume spine chipped but otherwise a good copy.

    The scarce first edition of a popular travel journal by the French naturalist Charles Nicolas Sigisbert Sonnini de Mononcourt, mostly remembered for his contributions to… (more)

    The scarce first edition of a popular travel journal by the French naturalist Charles Nicolas Sigisbert Sonnini de Mononcourt, mostly remembered for his contributions to Buffon’s Histoire naturelle, 1802-1803, in particular the volume devoted to reptiles. This is an attractive set of the text volumes only of his history of Greece and Turkey. A quarto atlas volume was published with the text but is often, as here, missing.
    ‘L’honorable réception de mon Ouvrage sur l’Egypte a surpassé mes esperances... Ce n'était pas un travail dépourvu d'intérêt que celui d'une description de quelques parties de l'Asie et de l'ancienne Grèce, qui renfermât la connaissance de leur climat, de leur sol, de leurs productions, de leur histoire naturelle, de leur état actuel de dépérissement de leurs ressources, de la peinture des moeurs, des coutumes, du génie des peuples qui les habitent, qui offrît un rapprochement curieux entre leur situation de quelques siècles et celle de nos jours. Outre les Cyclades ou îles de l'Archipel, mes observations se porteront sur l'île de Candie, quelques parties de la Turquie dans l'Asie mineure, la Macédoine, la Morée ont été également le but de mes démarches comme seront ici l'objet de mes récits’ (pp. 5-6).

    Quérard IX, La France Littéraire, p. 212; Graesse V, p. 439; Brunet V, 445.

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  • SWIFT, Jonathan (1667-1745).
    DESFONTAINES, Abbé Pierre François Guyot (1685-1749), translator.
    Voyages de Gulliver. Tome Premier [-Second]. Paris, Guérin, 1727.

    First French Edition, First Issue. Two volumes in one, 12mo in eights and fours, pp. [vi], [vii]-xli, [v], 123, [1]; [125]-248; [vii], [i], 119, [1]; [121]-289, [3], with four engraved plates, unsigned, one to each part, in contemporary calf, sympathetically rebacked, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, red edges, marbled endpapers, with the later bookplates of Henri Beraldi and La Goualante.

    Gulliver's Travels was an overnight best-seller in France. Following swiftly on the publication of the English text in late October 1726, the first French language… (more)

    Gulliver's Travels was an overnight best-seller in France. Following swiftly on the publication of the English text in late October 1726, the first French language edition, by an anonymous translator, appeared in the Hague in January 1727. This Desfontaines translation followed some three months later, in April 1727. Although it was less faithful to the original, being heavily abridged and at times almost closer to an adaptation than a translation, it was in Desfontaines’ version that Gulliver took France by storm. This is the first issue of the first appearance of that translation and the first publication of Gulliver in France. The Privilège du Roy, advertised at the foot of the imprint, had been granted to Hypolite-Louis Guérin on 20th March 1727. On the following day he shared it with two other local printers: 'faisant part du present Privilege aux Sieurs Gabriel Martin & Jacques Guérin'. Accordingly, the same printing of this first edition appears with two other imprints on the titles of both volumes.
    It was in this translation by Desfontaines’ that Swift’s work had a profound influence on French literature: ‘this shoddy but elegantly written version was repeatedly reissued in France well into the late 19th century, with a record 180 editions by the 1920s’ (Paul-Gabriel Boucé). Desfontaines went on to write his famous continuation, Le Nouveau Gulliver, which was also very popular and in turn saw translations into English, German and Italian. Graebar, who says that Desfontaines’ translation ‘outshines all later ones’, suggests that it was partly the abridged nature of Desfontaines’ version that ensured its success: ‘by reducing it to the expectations of his addressees, an approach that proved immediately as well as lastingly successful’.

    OCLC lists twenty copies, but only Getty, DLC, Delware, Illinois, Harvard, Princeton and Morgan in America.

    Cohen-de Ricci 210; not in Cioranescu; Teerink-Scouten 383.

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  • JORDAN DE COLOMBIER, Claude Jordan de
    FER, Nicolas de, engraver.
    Voyages historiques de l'Europe, Tome I. Qui comprend tout ce qu’il y a de plus curieux en France. Augmenté de la Guide des Voyageurs ou Description des Routes les plus frequentées, pour Voyager par toute la France avec une Carte trés exacte de ce Royaume. Par Mr. de B.F. Nouvelle Edition. Amsterdam, Pierre de Coup, 1718.

    New Edition. Eight volumes, 16mo (132 x 68 mm), pp. [iv], 356; [x], 313; [x], 372 (title page shaved); [xiv], 569; [iv], 332; [x], 404; [x], 232; [x], 372, with one folding engraved map facing the start of the text in each volume and two further plates in the final volume, some light browning but generally a good copy internally, in contemporary mottled calf, bindings considerably worn with wormholes, surface abrasion and chipped head- and tail-caps, the last two volumes missing parts of the leather entirely, some cracking of joints but generally sound.

    A scarce edition of Claude Jordan de Colombier’s much cited and frequently printed guide to travel in France and throughout Europe, first published in 1698.… (more)

    A scarce edition of Claude Jordan de Colombier’s much cited and frequently printed guide to travel in France and throughout Europe, first published in 1698. The volumes are dedicated to specific European countries, as follows: France, Spain & Portugal, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia. Each volume has a folding engraved map bound after the preliminary material. The final volume includes Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and has two extra engraved plates, the first showing Sweden, Denmark and Norway and the second giving a more detailed map of Denmark.
    The text is rich in detail for the educated traveller and goes far beyond the basic information required by travellers, covering aspects from architecture, the arts, rare books and military defenses. Here he is writing about Nuremberg:
    ‘Cette Ville est très-recommandable par sa grandeur, qui a trois grandes lieues de France de circuit, elle est ceinte de trois murailles de pierre de taille, franquées de 183 Tours, & d’un Fossé large & profond. Sa bibliothèque est rempli d’un grand nombre de Livres & Manuscrits très-rares; son Arsenal est garni de tout ce qui peut servir à sa défense. Il y a de très-belles Eglises’.

    OCLC lists the BL only.

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  • recreations for rich and poor children alike
    Youthful Recreations. by [SPORTS.]
    [SPORTS.]
    Youthful Recreations. Philadelphia, J. Johnson, circa 1816-1818.

    Unauthorised Edition., 32mo, (95 x 58 mm), pp. [32], wood-engraved vignette on title-page, including 15 full-page wood-engravings, in the original gilt-speckled yellow wrappers, old repairs to spine and foot of wrappers.

    A scarce American piracy of this delightful book of children’s pastimes, illustrated with a wood-engraved vignette on the title-page of a boy in a barrow… (more)

    A scarce American piracy of this delightful book of children’s pastimes, illustrated with a wood-engraved vignette on the title-page of a boy in a barrow and 15 charming full-page wood engravings depicting different children’s games, with a caption title to identify each plate. Each page has an illustration on one side and text on the other, where details of the particular sports or games are described. The woodcuts depict Battledoor & Shuttlecock, Trap Ball, Hop Scotch, a Rocking Horse, Marbles, Trundling a Hoop, ‘Have a ride in my chair’, Swinging, Foot Ball, Flying a Kite, Bow and Arrow, ‘I Spie! Hi!’, Blind Man’s Buff, Skipping along rope and Bait the Bear.
    "'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.' Who this Jack was, we never heard, but we assent to the principle; and it must be confessed, that youth is the time to obtain a stock of health, and that is best promoted by moderate exercise."
    ‘To prevent bodily weakness and infirmity, exercise is necessary, and one physician has said, that ‘he did not know which was most necessary to the human frame, food or motion’. To play with battledore and shuttlecock or with trap and ball, is good exercise; and if we had it in our power to grant, not only the children of the affluent, but even such of the poor as are impelled by necessity to pick cotton, card wool, to sit and spin or reel all day, should have at least one hour, morning and evening, for some youthful recreations’ (pp. 6-7).
    This title was first issued by Darton and Harvey in London in 1801 when it formed part of ‘The Infant’s Own Book-Case’, a boxed library set for children. OCLC lists the original Darton edition at the V&A, Princeton, Indiana and UCLA. This book has continued to catch the popular imagination and has been reprinted in modern times including an edition published in 1986 with a preface by Justin Schiller. The date estimate for this edition is taken from the OCLC McGill entry which cites the publisher’s address at No. 147 Market Street as noted in the 19th century American children’s book trade directory WWW site. Another OCLC entry gives [1810] and lists copies at Dartmouth, Connecticut Historical Society, Yale, Syracuse, NYPL and Winterthur.
    NB - Princeton date their copy to 1801.

    See Darton G1072 for the original London, Darton and Harvey, 1801.

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  • Zadig, by VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778).
    VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778).
    Zadig, ou la Destinée, Histoire Orientale par Mr. de Voltaire. Londres, G. Sidney for Polidori, 1799.

    First Polidori Edition. 24mo, (123 x 70 mm), engraved frontispiece portrait and pp. [iii], 4-204, with thirteen further engraved plates, bound without the terminal colophon leaf, the plates with small impression within wide borders, slightly foxed, in contemporary red morocco, single filet gilt to covers, flat spine gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt, rubbed at extremities and along the edges, some light staining, marbled endpapers, with the armorial bookplate of ‘Belper’ and the inscription of John Beaumont

    A scarce illustrated edition of Voltaire’s philosophical novel, printed in London for Gaetano Polidori (1764-1853), father of John William Polidori and grandfather of Dante Gabriel… (more)

    A scarce illustrated edition of Voltaire’s philosophical novel, printed in London for Gaetano Polidori (1764-1853), father of John William Polidori and grandfather of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. Gaetano Polidori came to London in 1790 where he taught Italian as well as translating a number of works into Italian, including Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. He published a number of works, including those of his grandchildren, and set up a private press in his house in London.
    This is a delightful pocket edition of Voltaire’s enlightenment tale, first published in a slightly shorter form under the title Memnon in Amsterdam, 1747, with the full text appearing in the following year under the title Zadig. Second only to Candide among Voltaire’s contes philosophiques, and based on the Persian tale The Three Princes of Serendip, Voltaire uses the oriental setting to explore religious and metaphysical orthodoxy through the moral development of the protagonist. The oriental backdrop allows for thinly disguised references to the political and social problems of contemporary France.
    The text is accompanied by a very attractive suite of thirteen aquatint plates and two vignettes drawn and engraved by Le Cœur. ‘Jolie petite édition peu commune de ce roman. Les figures existent imprimées en couleurs’ (Cohen-de Ricci).

    ESTC t178499, at BL, Cambridge, Bodleian, New York Public Library and Texas only.

    Cohen-de Ricci 1038; not in BN Voltaire Catalogue.

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  • Zee- en Land-Voyagie by BLOUNT, Henry (1602-1682).
    BLOUNT, Henry (1602-1682).
    Zee- en Land-Voyagie van den Ridder Hendrik Blunt, na de Levant, Gedaan in het Jaar 1634. Waar in op het naauw-keurigst verhaalt word, 't geen hem onderweegen van Venetiën door Dalmatiën, Slavoniën, Bosna, Hungaryen, Macedoniën, Thessaliën, Thraciën, Rhodes, tot aan Groot-Cairo in Egypten, en van daar wederom te rug met veel-vuldige gevaren en ongemakken is overgekoomen : als mede veele bysonderheeden van koningrijken, landschappen, steeden, paleysen, moskëen, chans, gebouwen, kasteelen, rivieren, zee havens gebergtens, pyramiden, obelisken &c. : daar en boven der Turken gods-dienst, zedelijk gedrag, wapen-rusting, gerigts-oeffening, kleding, manier van leven, oorlogen, overwinningen en op wat wijse de christenen, jooden en andere door hen overheerde volkeren handelen. Door den Reysiger selfs op sijn Reys aangeteekent, en nu alder-eerst nyt het Engelsch vertaalt. Med noodig Register en Konst-Printen verrijkt. Leiden, Pieter Vander Aa, 1707?

    Folio (345 x 220 mm), pp. [2], col: 66, [3] register, the text printed in double column throughout, except for the title and the Register, which are printed in single column, paper uniformly browned, with two part-page engravings in the text, in modern half buckram over brown marbled boards.

    A scarce translation of Sir Henry Blount’s A Voyage into the Levant, 1636, giving details of a voyage from Venice, which he left on 7th… (more)

    A scarce translation of Sir Henry Blount’s A Voyage into the Levant, 1636, giving details of a voyage from Venice, which he left on 7th May 1634, down the Adriatic coast and then inland through the Balkans to Constantinople, after which he crossed into Egypt, explored the pyramids and returned to Venice via Palermo and Naples. In under eleven months he travelled over 6000 miles. In his preface, Blount stated that his purpose of travel was Baconian: to gain knowledge through personal, first-hand, experience. The account of his travels was published on his return to England where it won favour from the king. During the Commonwealth he changed sides but managed it so that on the Restoration he supported Charles II, who appointed him High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.

    This is a Dutch language printing by Pieter Vander Aa (1659-1733), the Dutch publisher who specialised in printing maps and atlases but was also known for printing pirated editions of illustrated travel literature and foreign best-sellers. This is taken from his multi-volume work, De aanmerkenswaardigste en alomberoemde zee- en land-reizen, Leiden, 1727, an ambitious compendium of travel literature, bringing together all the foreign voyages of discovery in the West and East Indies. Many of the accounts included had previously been published in Dutch editions. The text is printed in double column and there are two very striking engravings in the text.

    OCLC lists five copies in the Netherlands.

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  • model for Byron’s Childe Harold
    MOORE, John (1729-1802).
    Zeluco. Various Views of Human Nature, taken from Life and Manners, Foreign and Domestic. In two volumes. Vol. I [-II]. The Second Edition. Dublin, White [&c], 1789.

    Second (Dublin) Edition. Two volumes, 12mo (167 x 92 mm), pp. [ii], 288; [ii], [3]-312, wanting the final endpapers, in contemporary calf, flat spines with red and black morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with the contemporary ownership inscription ‘Margaret Reynell, Novbr. 1:91’ and a later pencil ownership inscription crossed out, with one full-page pencil drawing and a couple of part page ones.

    An attractive copy of a notoriously unsavoury novel, the first work by John Moore, physician and biographer of Smollet. The eponymous protagonist is an irredeemably… (more)

    An attractive copy of a notoriously unsavoury novel, the first work by John Moore, physician and biographer of Smollet. The eponymous protagonist is an irredeemably evil Sicilian nobleman whose foul deeds are shown to be born out of an indulgent upbringing at the hands of his widowed mother. The story of his cruel tyranny, rise to power and inevitably wretched end is a surprisingly readable one, made all the more so by the author’s enlightened digressions. For Zeluco is much more than just a novel with gothic overtones: it is an enlightenment tale of English and European manners which tackles subjects such as slavery and religious intolerance.
    From the first London edition of 1789, Zeluco was a best-selling novel, republished several times in England and Ireland and also translated into French. In contemporary society, it secured Moore a place alongside Richardson, Fielding and Smollett as one of the greatest living novelists. Anna Laetitia Barbauld selected it in 1810 for her series of the best British novels and Byron declared it to have been one of his favourite childhood books. In the preface to Childe Harold, he writes that his hero was intended to be ‘perhaps a poetical Zeluco’.
    John Gillies wrote in the Monthly Review: ‘This is not a common novel. The author’s mind is stored with useful knowlege, and adorned with elegant literature. He appears to have read the great book of life with attention and profit... Unlike most modern novels, which have little other merit but that of exciting curiosity, and which are thrown aside as soon as the curiosity is gratified, the story, or fable, in this performance, is to be considered merely as the canvas, on which this skilful observer of life and manners delineates such moral pictures as are likel to excite the attention of his age and country’ (MR 80, June 1789, pp. 511-512).
    ‘Religion teaches, that Vice leads to endless misery in a future state; and experience proves, that in spite of the gayest and most prosperous appearances, inward misery accompanies her; for, even in this life, her ways are ways of wretchedness, and all her paths are woe... Tracing the windings of vice and delineating the disgusting features of villainy are unpleasant tasks; and some people cannot bear to contemplate such a picture... it is fair, therefore, to warn readers of this turn of mind not to peruse the story of Zeluco’ (Chapter I, pp. 1-2).
    Despite the gripping nature of this novel, one reader evidently found her (or his) attention wandering sufficiently to find time for several sketches. A surprising number of pages have also been turned down at the corner, suggesting a laborious approach to reading the text. Perhaps this reader should have taken note of Moore’s warning in the first chapter, and given up in the attempt to peruse the story.

    ESTC t180904, listing Cambridge, Dublin City Libraries, NLI, Royal College of Physicians, Cornell, Library Company, Princeton and Texas.

    Garside, Raven & Schöwerling 1789:54; Hardy 643; Block p. 165.

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