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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Journal of the plague year. 1722]
A journal of the plague year: being observations or memorials, of the most remarkable occurrences, as well publick as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665. Written by a citizen who continued all the while in London. Never made publick before
London: printed for E. Nutt; J. Roberts; A. Dodd, and J. Graves, 1722.
[4], 287, [1] p. ; 18.4 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. First edition. Signed at the end 'H.F.', the initials of the fictional protagonist who lives in London throughout the plague and seeks to understand the reasons for the outbreak. A journal of the plague year has been called Defoe's most under-appreciated great novel (ODNB). ESTC t70342; Furbank and Owens 216; Moore 449.

Copy Notes Bound as part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Plague Year'.

Reference Number 831


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