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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
The political history of the Devil. Containing his original. A state of his circumstances. His conduct publick and private. The various turns of his affairs from Adam down to this present time. The various methods he takes to converse with mankind. With the manner of his making witches, wizards, and conjurers; and how they sell their souls to him, &c. &c. The whole interspers'd with many of the Devil's adventures. To which is added, A description of the Devil's dwelling, vulgarly call'd Hell. The third edition.
Westminster printed for John Brindley, Olive Payne, John Jolliffe, Alexander Lyon, Charles Corbett, 1734.
[8], 408 p., engr. frontis. ; 18.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. Originally published in 1726, this is one of a "curious group of books dealing in a half sceptical, half credulous and altogether gossiping, fashion with occult subjects" published towards the end of his life (The Cambridge history of English and American literature, 1907–21, vol. 9, p. 40). ESTC t70349; Moore 480; Furbank and Owens 228.

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 'History Of The Devil'.

Reference Number 773


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