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Secret memoirs of the late Mr. Duncan Campbel, the famous deaf and dumb gentleman. Written by himself, who ordered they should be publish'd after his decease. To which is added, an appendix, by way of vindication of Mr. Duncan Campbel, against that groundless aspersion cast upon him, that he but pretended to be deaf and dumb.
London: printed for J. Millan; and J. Chrichley, at the London-Gazette, 1732.
[6], 239, [1] p., engr. frontis. port. ; 18.3 cm. (8º)

Apparently not by Duncan Campell; sometimes attributed to either Daniel Defoe or 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. Largely concerned with fortune-telling, magic, witchcraft, and other aspects of the occult. Includes a list of subscribers; 'The Friendly Dæmon; or, the Generous Apparition', first published separately in 1726 (pp. 166-195); and 'Original Letters sent to Mr. Campbel by his Consulters' (pp. 196-223). The 'Appendix' has a separate title-page crediting its authorship to 'a Friend of the Deceased'. The portrait plate is repeated from the first edition of The history of the life and adventures of Mr Duncan Campbell, 1720 (q.v.). ESTC t72257.

Copy Notes 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 'Secret Hist. Of Duncan Campbell'.

Reference Number 779


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