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A Tour through the Isle of Man - to which - ISLE OF MAN. ROBERTSON, David - 1794. 
Printed for the author by E. Hodson, London. 1794 - First edition. Royal octavo. pp [xii], 235. 8 sepia aquatint plates. Period binding of full staight-grain morocco with raised bands, gilt decorated spine, gilt rules. Marbled endpapers and edges. The first edition was suppressed and the author was briefly imprisoned for remarks made about the Duke of Athol. Also, on pages 233/4, which were removed from subsequent editions, the author's language was considered revolutionary in tone: "Good God! is there no region where the Sun of Freedom shines unclouded; where the Sovereignty of the People is revered? Must the sacred rights of Mankind be for ever the monarch's scorn, and the courtier's jest? Shall the despot for ever vaunt a delegated power from Thee, God of justice! to crush his subjects with the rod of power; or deluge thy fair creation with the blood of thy children? Shall the guardians of the nation barter its interests for the smile of the monarch?"The front pastedown bears two bookplates, the first armorial (and unidentified), the second that of Frederick J.G. Montagu and also the book-label of John Sparrow. On the second blank is the pencilled ownership signature of Catherine of Fountayne Wilson who at the bottom of the last page writes, in pencil, "fitly concluded in a blasphemous Rhapsody". Joints just a little rubbed. Very good indeed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Peter Ellis, Bookseller, ABA, ILAB]
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