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An Essay Upon Wind; with curious anecdotes of eminent peteurs. Humbly dedicated to the Lord Chancellor.
Printed on superfine pot-paper, at the office of Peter Puffendorf, Potsdam (i.e. London). [c.1800] Printed on vellum; a little thumbed & foxed in places, final leaf clipped at upper corner. Handsomely rebound in vellum, black morocco label. 56pp.ESTC records only two copies of this edition (dated [c.1800?]) in the UK (House of Lords & Bodleian) and two in North America (Syracuse & Univ. of California). ESTC also records one copy at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania dated 1787 with the pagination vii,[1],39,[1]p. Also recorded, with only one copy at Harvard, is a copy entitled An essay upon farting; with curious anecdotes of eminent farters. Humbly dedicated to the Lord Chancellor, printed for G. Ledger, and with the same pagination. This copy is one of only 50 printed, with 12 on vellum.Published to win a wager, reputedly with the Prince Regent with whom Fox was friends, An Essay Upon Wind is dedicated to the Lord Chancellor (Thurlow) on account of his thunderous and well documented flatulence. 'I have heard, from several of your brother peers' Fox writes of Thurlow, 'that your Lordship farts, without reserve, when seated on the woolsack, in a full assembly of nobles ... Fame, my Lord, with her shrill loud trumpet, reports that your Lordship's farts, are as STRONG, and as SOUND, as your arguments - as VIGOROUS as your intellects - as FORCIBLE as your language - as BRILLIANT as your wit - and as SONOROUS and MUSICAL as your Lordship's voice'. With 2 leaves of manuscript loosely inserted, one of them with 2pp of anecdotes on farting.
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