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MACKY, John (d. 1726)
A journey through the Austrian Netherlands. Containing the modern history and description of all the provinces, towns, castles, palaces, &c. of that fruitful, populous country, so long the scene of wars and dreadful ravages, till it was by the treaty of Utrecht yielded to the Emperor of Germany. With an account of all the remarkable battles and sieges; taken from the most authentick narratives. To which is prefixed, an introduction, containing the ancient history of the whole seventeen provinces. By the author of the Journey through England and Scotland. The second edition.
London: printed for J. Pemberton; and D. Browne, 1732.
xxx, [2], 205, [27] p. ; 18.1 cm. (8º)

'Author of the Journey through England ...' = John Macky. Apparently a reissue with new title-page and half-title of the first edition which was published in 1725. With publisher's advertisements on the verso of the half-title, including the fifth edition of A journey through England, and also an advertisement leaf following the introduction (sig. a8) including the fourth edition of the same work (1724), and A journey through Scotland. Little is known of the early life of John Macky, who brought the first news of the intended French and Jacobite invasion from La Hogue to London in 1692 and established anti-espionage networks uncovering other attempted invasions before debts drove him to Flanders in 1713 to avoid his creditors. On his return to London in the following year he turned to writing, producing A journey through England (1714) and A journey through Scotland (1723). The present work, in the form of letters dated between April and September 1724, may have been a cover for further espionage. ESTC t63086; Cox I, 125.

Copy Notes Lacking the leaf of errata called for in ESTC (not included in the above collation). Bound (possibly owing to the author's strongly Whig sympathies) as part of a 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 'Journey Thro. The Austrian Netherlands'.

Reference Number 780


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