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PILKINGTON, Laetitia (1712--1750)
[Memoirs. Vol. 3. 1754]
The third and last volume of the Memoirs of Mrs. Lætitia Pilkington, written by herself. Wherein are occasionally interspersed, variety of poems: as also the letters of several persons of distinction: with the conclusive part of the life of the inimitable Dean Swift.
London: printed for R. Griffiths, 1754.
xxiii, [1], 268 p. ; 16.6 cm. (12º)

Intended to accompany the two-volume duodecimo editions of Laetitia Pilkington's Memoirs (q.v.) and retained in subsequent reprints of the whole work, this volume is of questionable authenticity: although a third volume had been alluded to earlier, a notice in the third edition of vol. II (1751) states that 'The author intended another volume of these Memoirs, but died before she completed it; and the publick may be assured, no such third volume will ever be published.' The dedication to Sir John Ligonier is signed by J.C. Pilkington who probably wrote the work himself. List of subscribers withheld (see note at end of the preface). John Carteret Pilkington was cut off in his father's will with only a shilling. (See Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society web-site s.v. Matthew Pilkington, accessed 19 July 2010). Proposals for printing by subscription, in London and Dublin, The adventures of Jack Luckless. Being the real story of John Carteret Pilkington, ... was issued on 1 April 1758 while Pilkington's memoirs finally appeared as The real story of John Carteret Pilkington. Written by himself in 1760, including 'A collection of letters, between Mrs. Lætitia Pilkington, deceased, and the late ... Lord Kingsborough'. See H. Teerink A Bibliography of the Writings of Jonathan Swift (1963), 1329. ESTC t141025.

Copy Notes Bought as a set with the first two volumes, 1748--1749 (q.v.).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, black leather spine-label. Bound to match the first two volumes.

Reference Number 1091


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