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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
Religious courtship: being historical discourses, on the necessity of marrying religious husbands and wives only. As also of husbands and wives being of the same opinions in religion with one another. With an appendix of the necessity of taking none but religious servants, and a proposal for the better managing of servants.
London: printed for E. Matthews, and A. Bettesworth; J. Brotherton, and W. Meadows, 1722.
[8], 358, [2] p. ; 18.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. A conduct book in the form of dialogues between a father and his three unmarried daughters, this work was published a month after the first edition of Defoe's novel Moll Flanders, and treats of similar themes. With two lines of errata at foot of p. 358 and final leaf of publisher's advertisements. ESTC t69670; Furbank and Owens 215; Moore 448.

Copy Notes The Soane copy is without the final advertisement leaf. Faded ink doodle on verso of title-page. 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 'Religious Courtship'.

Reference Number 791


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