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MUILMAN, Teresia Constantia (1709--1765)
An apology for the conduct of Mrs. Teresia Constantia Phillips, more particularly that part of it which relates to her marriage with an eminent Dutch merchant: the whole authenticated by faithful copies of his letters, and of the settlement which he made upon her to induce her to suffer ... a sentence to be pronounced against their marriage; together with such other original papers, filed in the cause, as are necessary to illustrate that remarkable story.
[London]: [printed for the author; and sold at her house in Craig's-Court, Charing-Cross], [1748?]--1749.
3 vols ; 19.8 cm. (8º)
I: x, xxii, [11]--348 p., frontis. port.
II: [2], [14], [3]--118, [2], 119--246, [8], 247--301; 53, [3] p.
III: 180, [8], 181--323, [1], 6, [2] p.

Imprint from vols II--III. The title-pages to volumes II and III read: An apology for the conduct of Mrs. T.C. Phillips. Vol. II. (III.). Volume III is dated 1749. Published in parts, and possibly edited by Paul Whitehead (see DNB). The author was a notorious courtesan whose husband Henry Muilman divorced her on discovering her past sexual adventures, leading to a protracted court battle, and the Apology was evidently written in hopes of extracting money from wealthy former lovers as well as in self-justification. The title-page to vol. I is undated, and states: 'Such extraordinary Care has been taken to intimidate the Booksellers, in order to stifle this work, that Mrs. Phillips is obliged to publish it herself, and only at her house in Craig's Court, Charing Cross; and to prevent Imposition, each Book will be signed with her own Hand.' All copies and also the individual parts are signed by the author Teresia Constantia Muilman. An additional Letter humbly address'd to the ... Earl of Chesterfield was issued in 1750 (q.v.) but not published integrally with the Apology until the edition of 1761. The Soane copy as described in the above collation has the second advertisement 'To the candid and impartial Reader' (sig. *4 **4(-1)) bound after the title-page of vol. II; in the BL copy it appears in vol. I after the dedication 'To Henry Muilman, Esq; ...' (pp. [i]--xxii). Volume II of the Soane copy contains a blank leaf [P4] after p. 118, an advertisement 'To The Reader' ([8] pp., sig. *4) after p. 246, and includes 'The Promised Justification In Number IV. Volume II. Of The Apology' with separate title-page dated 1749, pagination and register, including a further advertisement 'To The Reader.' (pp. [3]--[6]). A second edition of vol. I was published in the same year (ESTC t91603), but as the first edition was issued in parts, it is not clear whether volumes II and III are separate editions or merely issues. ESTC t91602.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the portrait plate of the author in vol. I. With A letter humbly address'd to the ... Earl of Chesterfield, 1750 (q.v.) bound at the end of vol. III. Attached to the front pastedown and free-endpaper of vol. I is a newspaper cutting apparently reprinted from or in the Gentleman's Magazine for Mach 1766, referring to Mrs Muilman's later experiences in Jamaica, and an extract from a letter dated 'Kingston, Jamaica, Feb. 14, 1765'. With the stamp of 'Isaac Reed' on the title-page of vol. I, i.e. the literary editor and book collector, a former owner of Soane's copy of the Shakespeare First Folio (q.v.).

Binding C18th quarter sheep, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

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