A Complete Collection of the Genuine Papers, Letters, &c. in the Case of John Wilkes Esq: Late Member for Aylesbury...
Paris : Chez J.W. Imprimeur, rue du Colombier Fauxburgh, St. Germain, à l’Hotel de Saxe. 1767. Cr. 8vo, [A]4, B-S8, , iv, 272 pp, (lacking 1/2-title), cont. sprinkled calf , gilt spine, joints expertly repaired, unidentified armorial bookplate.
“The editor’s residing a few Miles from Paris, will, ‘tis hoped, be an Excuse with the Candid for the Errors of the Press.” - Preface. For several years after the publication of the notorious Number 45 of the North Briton Wilkes spent a large part of his time abroad as a fugitive, principally in Paris. He is known to have been there for most of 1767 and despite the somewhat transparent attempt to remain anonymous in the preface it is almost certain that he was the editor of these letters, as well as the “J.W.Imprimeur” of the imprint.
A rare book, and the first book I have come across for a long time still priced in my grandfather’s hand. (not the price I am offering it at!)
Reference: Rothschild Catalogue 2567
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