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London: J. Almon [vols. I-III] & G. Corral [vol. IV], 1772 & 1776. London: J. Almon [vols. I-III] & G. Corral [vol. IV],, 1772 & 1776. Contemporary calf 4 volumes, octavo (205 x 126 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf for vols. I-III, red morocco labels, direct numbered gilt, volume IV in contemporary sprinkled sheep to match, slightly smaller lettering and numbering gilt, all volumes with red sprinkled edges. Contemporary ink ownership inscription to front free endpaper of vol. II. Foot of spines soiled, volume 3 with single wormhole to head, extremities lightly rubbed, a little surface wear and light marking to covers, front free endpaper of vol. I loosening; a very attractive set. First editions of the complete set of Joseph Marshall's Travels, with the fourth volume, originally unplanned, following four years after the initial publication. The work is based on the author's purported travels through the respective countries. The Monthly Review, a contemporary literary journal, strongly implied the work to be a fraudulent concoction, with Joseph Marshall an invented person, and his account plagiarised from other printed sources. John Almon, the publisher, stated that he received the manuscript from the author's friend, the author himself being serendipitously out of the country. Sometime afterwards a notice appeared in the newspapers that Joseph Marshall had died, and he has since not been traced. It remains unknown whether the author and his writings were genuine or an invention. If fraudulent, it was one of many similarly false travels books written in the 18th century, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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