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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[An essay on the history and reality of apparitions. 1729]
The secrets of the invisible world disclos'd: or, an universal history of apparitions sacred and prophane, under all denominations, whether angelical, diabolical, or human-souls departed. Shewing I. Their various returns to this world, with sure rules to know, by their manner of appearing, if they are good or evil ones. II. The differences of the apparitions of antient and modern times; and an enquiry into the scriptural doctrine of spirits. III. The many species of apparitions, their real exstence, and operations by divine appointment. IV. The nature of seeing ghosts, before, and after, death; and how we should behave towards them. V. The effects of fancy, vapours, dreams, hyppo, and of real, or imaginary appearances. VI. A collection of the most authentic relations of apparitions, particularly that surprizing one attested by the learned Dr. Scott. By Andrew Moreton, Esq; adorn'd with cuts.
London: printed for J. Clarke, C. Rivington, A Millar, and J. Green, 1729.
[12], 395, [1] p., engr. frontis., [5] pl. ; 18.5 cm. (8º)

'Andrew Moreton' is a pseudonym of Daniel Defoe. First issued in 1727 as An essay on the history and reality of apparitions, this is a re-issue of the sheets of the original edition with a cancel title-page, one of a "curious group of books dealing in a half sceptical, half credulous and altogether gossiping, fashion with occult subjects" published by Defoe towards the end of his life (The Cambridge history of English and American literature, 1907–21, vol. 9, p. 40). The engravings are by Gerard Van der Gucht. ESTC t70845; Moore 494; Furbank and Owens 238 (p. 231).

Copy Notes Cropped, with occasional loss of pagination at the fore-edge. Inscribed in ink on title-page Jos: Banaster / March ye: 9th 1728 - 9 - 5th[?]. 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 'History Of Apparitions'.

Reference Number 809


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