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A brief relation of the adventures of Mr. Bampfylde-Moore Carew; who, though descended from, and allied to some of the best families in England, entered into a society of gypsies, and has been, for more than forty years past, the King of the Beggars; in which station he still continues, notwithstanding the great offers that have been made him to quit their community; wherein the motives of his conduct are explained, with a great number of characters and shapes he has appeared in, being now more than sixty years of age
ca 1760], [London? - Broadside, illustrated with fine large woodcut portrait (10 x 8 inches), lettered below in 8 lines as quoted, cut round and mounted), the descriptive text on three pages in double columns (neatly mounted on 3 leaves), bound in folio album, contemporary gilt-ruled calf neatly rebacked with maroon gilt morocco lettering piece, the sides carefully restored.ESTC T167425 describes a similar item at the Society of Antiquaries Library, although their copy's portrait shows Carew reading a book dated 1761; in our copy Carew is also reading a book, his "The Laws of the Beggars," but this copy is undated. Indeed, we have been unable to trace any other copies, although it is referred to in Lowndes ("a large fol. Broadside with woodcut portrait, rare"), but no copies cited. A 19th century pencil inscription on front pastedown states, "Mr. Lilly believes this vol. to be unique". With the armorial bookplate of James Comerford, and some bibliographical notes on editions of Carew's Memoirs on front free endpaper, perhaps in Comerford's hand, and citing Davidson's Bibliotheca Devoniensis, 1852. The fragile nature and large size of the original and the popularity of the subject would ensure that very few copies survived. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB)]
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