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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
A hymn to the pillory.
London: printed in the year 1703.
[2], 24 p. ; 20.4 cm. (4º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. One of three editions published in 1703. Defoe had been arrested for "seditious libel" following his identification as the author of the polemical pamphlet The shortest way with the Dissenters, 1702, and sentenced to imprisonment in Newgate, a fine, and three days in the pillory. After failed attempts to avoid this part of the sentence, Defoe wrote this irregular Pindaric ode which was sold in the streets and turned the public mood in his favour. In this setting the signing of B1 occurs beneath the 'd' of 'adorn' and pages 12--13 are misnumbered 13--12. Typographical device on title-page. Furbank and Owens 43; Moore 59; Foxon D115; ESTC t70831.

Copy Notes Inscription in ink on title-page: Daniel Defoe. Some MS marginalia and ligatures in ink and pencil. Bound (3) with two further pamphlets by Defoe, The mock mourners, 1702 (q.v.) and Reformation of manners, 1702 (q.v.), and Henry Addington, later Viscount Sidmouth, An essay on the affinity between painting and writing, [1779] (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, green morocco spine-label reading 'Satyrs'.

Reference Number 737


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