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DEFOE, Daniel (1660?--1731)
The true-born Englishman. A satyr.
[London]: printed in the year 1701.
[4], 60 p. ; 19.9 cm. (4°)

Anonymous; by Daniel Defoe. First edition: 1700. Over twenty separate editions or impressions appeared during Defoe's lifetime including at least five piracies. Written in answer to John Tutchin's The foreigners, 1700. This poem, a defence of the revolution settlement of 1688 establishing William of Orange as King of England, was "the great literary triumph of Defoe's lifetime ... saw fifty editions by midcentury and became Defoe's signature." (See Paula R. Backscheider, Daniel Defoe: his life, Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, p. 75). Defoe rejected xenophobic attacks on the King for being Dutch on the grounds that England was itself a mongrel nation. Page 35 numbered at inner margin, otherwise pagination is accurate without misnumbering. Furbank and Owens 17; Foxon D154; ESTC t176630.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on title-page in Vol 1 of the Works 8vo and in ink 12. A passage marked in ink on p. [1]. Bound (1) in a collection of seven pamphlets by or associated with Daniel Defoe, 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. The present volume has the front pastedown inscribed in pencil with a note concerning The dyet of Poland, 1705 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'True Born Englishman ...'. Later numbered '110' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2050


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