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A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation ? By Simon Wagstaff
[S. Richardson for] B. Motte, and C. Bathurst, London 1738 - First? edition, with Neptune headpiece on page 1. Engraved headpieces. [i], [i, ads], [ii], lxxxvi, [2], 215, [1, ads] pp. 8vo. In a letter to Pope on 12 June 1732 concerning this work, Swift wrote that his "thing in prose, begun above twenty-eight years ago" was "almost finish'd," noting that it would be published anonymously and would be "such a perfection of folly, that you shall never hear of it till it is printed, and then you shall be left to guess." Publication was arranged by Mary Barber and for her benefit. There were two 1738 London editions, with either a Neptune headpiece, as here, or a flower basket headpiece on page 1. The Rothschild catalogue identifies the Neptune headpiece as Richardson's. ESTC T97412; Teerink 761; Rothschild 2158 Modern calf-backed marbled boards. Browning to ad leaf (A1) and title, sporadic staining Engraved headpieces. [i], [i, ads], [ii], lxxxvi, [2], 215, [1, ads] pp. 8vo First? edition, with Neptune headpiece on page 1. [Attributes: First Edition]
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