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PRICE, Howell ap David [pseudonym?]
A genuine account of the life and transactions of Howell ap David Price, gentleman of Wales. Exhibiting a series of most remarkable occurrences during his seven years travels abroad; five of which were spent with a lady he had released from slavery. With farther particulars since his return with her to England. Written by himself.
London: printed for T. Osborne in Gray's Inn, 1752. 12mo., viii + 302 + (2)pp., including the final leaf of advertisements, flyleaf and endpapers stained else a very good copy in contemporary sheep, spine with raised bands and gilt lines, joints and head and tail of spine worn. First edition: rare. Gove p.332 [P.B. Gove: The imaginary voyage in prose fiction>, 1961). Raven 145 (James Raven: British Fiction: 1750-1770>, 1987). Gove notes that the Genuine Account> is mentioned briefly by Harold F. Watson in his The Sailor in English Fiction and Drama 1550-1800>, 1931, pp.131 ff. He finds that the only contemporary comment was 'one condemnatory sentence' in the Monthly review> in Nov. 1751. An imaginary adventure story involving all the usual elements of a rattling good tale - a brutal father, sent to sea, taken by a French privateer, enslaved in North Africa, meets a girl slave (Cleone), escape together, highway robbery, robbed by a pirate, jewels recovered, Cleone's story, offer of marriage, Cairo, more robbers, a desert journey, Mecca, voyage to Cape Cormundel, shipwreck, attacked by savages, Cape of Good Hope, back to London, marriage to Cleone, returns home to Wales. It is interesting to note that Cardiff University includes this as one of its 'Key rare texts' in the abolition of slavery story. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB [Manningtree, United Kingdom]
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