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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
The original power of the collective body of the people of England, examined and asserted. By Daniel Defoe. To which are added by the same author, some distinguishing characters of a Parliament-man. The third edition.
London: printed and sold by R. Baldwin, [1770?].
viii, 24 p. ; 17.9 cm. (8º)

First edition 1700 (i.e. 4 January 1701; see ESTC r17561). Preceded by an address, signed 'A Fellow Citizen', to the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen and the Commons of the City of London, who had petitioned the King to reject an extension of the excise laws and were subsequently attacked for the alleged unconstitutionality of the petition, prompting the reprint of Defoe's eloquent defence of the rights of the people in 1769 and again in this undated third edition. 'Some Distinguishing Characters ...' consists of extracts from The six distinguishing characters of a Parliament-man, 1701. ESTC t32984; Moore 41 (the 1700 [1701] edition); Furbank and Owens 31 (p. 32).

Copy Notes Bound last after thirteen tracts consisting of Defoe's The secret history of the White-Staff (q.v.) and other short works from the ensuing pamphlet exchange in 1714--1715. 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 'Hist. Of The White Staff Mitre & Purse'.

Reference Number 808


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