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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[The secret history of the White-Staff. Part 2]
The secret history of the White Staff, being an account of affairs under the conduct of some late ministers, and of what might probably have happen'd if Her Majesty had not died. Part II.
London: printed for J. Baker, 1714.
71, [1] p. ; 17.9 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. Part 2 of a three-part work. 'The White Staff' is Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, who was facing Whig demands for impeachment on a charge of high treason. The first part of Defoe's defence of his erstwhile patron, also published in 1714 (q.v.), inadvertently fed insinuations of Jacobite sympathies which are refuted in the second part; a third part followed in 1715 (q.v.). Defoe denied authorship of these tracts but contemporary opponents such as Oldmixon immediately recognized his handiwork. With a page and a half of publisher's advertisements at end. ESTC t71950; Furbank and Owens 166; Moore 282.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with parts 1 and 3 and twelve further short publications on the same and other subjects. 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 'Hist. Of The White Staff Mitre & Purse'.

Reference Number 6727


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