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HAYWOOD Eliza Fowler (1693?--1756)
A spy on the conjurer: or, a collection of surprizing and diverting stories, with merry and ingenious letters. By way of memoirs of the famous Mr. Duncan Campbell, demonstrating the astonishing foresight of that wonderful deaf and dumb man. The whole being moral and instructive. Written to my Lord -------- by a Lady, who, for twenty years past, has made it her business to observe all transactions in the life and conversation of Mr. Campbell. Revised by Mrs. Eliza Haywood. The second edition.
London: printed for Tho. Corbet, 1724.
[16], 179, [4], 180-259, [1] p. ; 18.2 cm. (8º)

A re-issue with cancel title-leaf of the first edition, also published in 1724. In three parts, each with divisional title, the first being signed at the end 'Justicia' (i.e. Eliza Haywood). Duncan Campbell was a deaf mute who learned to read following the method of John Wallis and made his name as a fortune-teller; The history of the life and adventures of Mr Duncan Campbell, sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe but more likely by the journalist William Bond who shared Campbell's lodgings, was first published in 1720 (q.v.) and spawned several related works in the 1720s, including the present one. The divisional title-page to part 2 and pp. [179]-180 are frequently found misbound between p. 155 (end of part 1) and p. [157] 'A Supplement To The First Part'; page [156] is blank. Page 166 is misnumbered 165. ESTC t75684.

Copy Notes With pp. [159]--160 and [179]--180 misbound between pp. [156] and [157] (see note above). Extensive inscription in ink (18 lines) on verso of title-page: Masters and [?] / deBar[r]ing theyr / servant From / go[i]ng to church / is a nother great / Sin live godly / [----?]lously soberly / in this present / world that when / houer comes that / you may not Be / a fraid and that you / may have your lamp / ready lighted to / receive the Bride / grome [---?] to God / Father God the son / God the Gost. 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 'A Spy On The Conjurer'.

Reference Number 795


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