Defoe, Daniel

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Defoe, Daniel
A Journal of the Plague Year: being Observations of Memorials, of the most remarkable occurences, as well publick as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665. London, printed for E. Nutt, A. Dodd, J. Graves, 1722. In-8 (187 x 110 mm) from 2, 287 pp.; calf, brown calf, cold-drawn flat, spine ribbed (contemporary English binding). Original edition, very rare, of which we were unable to trace a copy to either the BnF or the British Library. "Three dates are to be taken into account in the study of Daniel Defoe's Diary of the Year of the Plague: 1722, 1720 and 1664-1665. When he published his Diary on 17 March 1722, Defoe had in mind the plague that had ravaged Marseilles and its region two years earlier. This text, supposedly written by a certain 'H. F.', a citizen of London who remained in the capital during the entire epidemic, traces the appearance, evolution and almost miraculous disappearance of the plague that struck London in 1664-1665" (Hélène Dachez, Peste, texte et contagion). Endpapers renewed, stains; extensively restored binding with renewed spine, corners redone, rubbed, scuffed, and lack of leather on lower cover. Provenance: Jackson (signature on endpaper and title).
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