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THE DUMB PHILOSOPHER ...
The dumb philosopher; or Great Britain's wonder, containing I. A faithful and very surprising account how Dickory Cronke, a tinner's son in the county of Cornwal, was born dumb, and continued so for 58 years; and how some days before he died, he came to his speech: with memoirs of his life and the manner of his death. II. A declaration of his faith and principles in religion: with a collection of select meditations, composed in his retirement. III. His prophetical observations upon the affairs of Europe, more particularly of Great-Britain, from 1720, to 1729. The whole extracted from his original papers, and confirmed by unquestionable authority. To which is annexed. His elegy, written by a young Cornish gentleman, of Exeter Coll. in Oxford; with an epitaph by another hand.
London: printed for Tho. Bickerton, 1719.
64 p. ; 18.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe but this is disputed by Furbank and Owens, Defoe de-attributions (London 1994). Supposedly an account of the life and thoughts of an obscure Cornishman based upon his original papers. The elegy is signed 'J.P.'. Price from imprint in braces: Price 1 s. ESTC t69706; Moore, 422.

Copy Notes The price on the title-page is inked out. Marginal marks of emphasis in ink against some of the 'Meditations and Observations relating to the Conduct of human Life in general' at the end of part 2 (pp. 37--49). Bound (2) after The history of the life and adventures of Mr Duncan Campbell, 4th ed., 1748 (q.v.), 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 'Duncan Campbell Vol. II'.

Reference Number 812


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