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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Works. 1703]
A true collection of the writings of the author of the True born English-man. Corrected by himself.
London:, printed, and are to be sold by most booksellers in London and Westminster,, 1703.
[26], 465, [1] p. : engr. frontis. port. ; 19.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. 'The Author Of The True Born English-man' = Daniel Defoe. This collection of Defoe's early works was issued in response to a pirate edition of his works which appeared this same year. A second volume of the writings ... was published in 1705 (q.v.). Engraved frontispiece (sig. [A1v]) by Michael Van der Gucht with legend 'Daniel Defoe Author of the Trueborn Englishman'. With table of contents after the preface, which is unsigned. A variant has leaf Hh2 incorrectly signed Gg2. Page 150 incorrectly numbered 121. ESTC t71953; Furbank and Owens, 1; Moore 58; Kress 2380.

Copy Notes Copy 1: The variant with leaf Hh2 signed correctly. Inscription in ink on first free-endpaper: Sum ex Libris Edvardi / Nourse Coll: Scti Johan. / Evang. apud Cantab. / 1703. Edward Nourse, son of Edward, gent., born at Fulham, Middlesex, was admitted pensioner (age 15) at St John's College, Cambridge on 7 May 1700. (See J. and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses : a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge from the earliest times to 1900, Cambridge, 1924). Front pastedown inscribed in ink 3/. Faint, illegible inscription in pencil on rear free-endpaper within irregular ruled frame.
Copy 2: 18.1 cm. The variant with leaf Hh2 incorrectly signed Gg2. Book stamp on title page 'I*S·'. 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 Copy 1: C18th calf, blind double-ruled panels with corner fleurons, blind triple-ruled borders, blind triple-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.
Copy 2: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Miscellanies Vol. I.'.

Reference Number 752

Additional Names Nourse, Edward (b.$1685); S., I. or J.

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