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THE HISTORY OF THE MITRE ...
[The history of the Mitre and Purse. Part 1]
The history of the Mitre and Purse. In which the first and second parts of the Secret history of the White Staff are fully consider'd, and the hypocrisy and villanies of the Staff himself are laid open and detected.
[Dublin]: London printed, and re-printed in Dublin for G. Risk, bookseller, where the first and second parts of the White-Staff, and the two former answers to them; with several other new pamphlets are to be sold, 1714.
48 p. ; 15.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Sometimes attributed to William Pittis and to Francis Atterbury. First published in London, 1714. One of numerous pamphlets occasioned by Daniel Defoe's anonymously published defence of Harley, The secret history of the White-Staff, 1714 (q.v.; part 2, q.v.). 'The Mitre' is Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester; 'Purse' is Simon Harcourt, Viscount Harcourt, Lord Chancellor; 'Staff' is Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, former Lord Treasurer. A continuation was published in the same year (q.v.). ESTC n17249.

Copy Notes Title-page verso inscribed in pencil White staff -- Harley / Purse / Mitre. Very closely cropped. Bound (2) in a collection of eleven political tracts by or associated with Defoe, dated between 1710 and 1717. 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 'Miscellanies'. Cased (18.8 cm) to match the set.

Reference Number 816


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