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DEFOE, Daniel (1660?--1731)
The dyet of Poland, a satyr.
[London]: printed at Dantzick, in the year 1705.
[4], 60 p. ; 19.9 cm. (4°)

Anonymous. Preface signed: Anglipoloski, of Lithuaniæ. By Daniel Defoe (see Paula R. Backscheider, Daniel Defoe: his life, Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989, pp.145, 147--48). The imprint is false; the poem was in fact printed in London by Defoe's friend John Barber (Backscheider, op. cit., p.178). Page 57 misnumbered 56; p.32, line 5: 'The Grave'; line 6: 'their own'; a variant has 'One Grave' and 'his own'. Furbank and Owens 69; Moore 100; Foxon D98; ESTC t66297.

Copy Notes Annotated in ink in the margins with names or initials identifying English politicians referred to in the poem. Title-page inscribed in ink 20. Bound (4) in a collection of similar pamphlets by or associated with Daniel Defoe, the front pastedown inscribed in pencil Chalmers in his life of Defoe account of the / Diet of Poland says / "Of this Poem I have never seen but one / line, which the Author quotes himself" / Vol 3-. 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 2046


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