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DEFOE, Daniel (1660?--1731)
The Spanish descent. A poem. By the author of the True-born Englishman.
London: printed in the year 1702.
27, [1] p. ; 19.8 cm. (4°)

The 'Author of the True-born Englishman' was Daniel Defoe; The true-born Englishman was first published in 1700. A panegyric on the Royal Navy's lucky capture of Spanish treasure at Vigo Bay (see Backscheider, Daniel Defoe: his life, Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, pp. 175--76). Furbank and Owens 38; Moore 47; Foxon D151; ESTC t71551.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on title-page in Vol 1 of the Works 8vo and in ink 16. Bound (3) in a collection of similar pamphlets by or associated with Daniel Defoe, following a copy of The true-born Englishman, 1701 (q.v.). 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 'True Born Englishman ...'. Later numbered '110' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2049


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