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BOND, William (d. 1735)
[History of the life and adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell. 1720]
The history of the life and adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell, a gentleman, who, tho' deaf and dumb, writes down any stranger's name at first sight; with their future contingencies of fortune. Now living in Exeter Court over-against the Savoy in the Strand.
London: printed for E. Curll: and sold by W. Mears and T. Jauncy, W. Meadows, A. Bettesworth, W. Lewis, and W. Graves, 1720.
xix, [5], 320 p., engr. frontis. port., [3] pl. ; 18.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe, but this is now disputed and the work more widely attributed to the journalist William Bond, who lodged with Duncan Campbell and is named as the author in the 1728 issue of the second edition with new title The supernatural philosopher; or, the mysteries of magick, in all its branches, clearly unfolded; it was probably initiated by Campbell, the deaf-mute fortune-teller, who presented a copy to George I (ODNB). The third and fourth editions (1739 and 1748, q.v.) were further re-issues of the sheets printed for the original second edition of 1720, suggesting the work did not sell as well as anticipated; nevertheless the Life was followed by further memoirs including two by Eliza Haywood, A spy on the conjuror, 1724 (2nd ed. 1725, q.v.) and The dumb projector, 1725 and supposedly autobiographical Secret memoirs ... written by himself, 1732 (q.v.). Includes a chapter on Dr. John Wallis's 'Method of Teaching Deaf and Dumb Persons to Write, Read, and understand a Language' with a plate illustrating his system of sign language, and a frontispiece portrait of Duncan Campbell engraved by Price after T. Hill. ESTC t69700; Moore, 432; Furbank and Owens, Defoe de-attributions (London 1994), p. 126.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on verso of title-page: Geo. Newport. 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 'Duncan Campbell Vol. I'.

Reference Number 794


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