Atterburyana. Being Miscellanies, by the late Bishop of Rochester, &c. with I. A Collection of Original Letters, &c. II. The Virgin-Seducer. A True History. III. The Batchelor-Keeper: or, Modern Rake. By Philaretus. [Bound with, as issued:] [Sévigné, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de]. Court Secrets: or, The Lady’s Chronicle Historical and Gallant. From the Year 1671, to 1690. Extracted from the Letters of Madam de Sevigne, which have been suppressed in Paris. Curll, Francis Atterbury, John Clarke.

Atterburyana. Being Miscellanies, by the late Bishop of Rochester, &c. with I. A Collection of Original Letters, &c. II. The Virgin-Seducer. A True History. III. The Batchelor-Keeper: or, Modern Rake. By Philaretus. [Bound with, as issued:] [Sévigné, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de]. Court Secrets: or, The Lady’s Chronicle Historical and Gallant. From the Year 1671, to 1690. Extracted from the Letters of Madam de Sevigne, which have been suppressed in Paris.

London: [Edmund Curll], 1727. First edition. 12mo, original panelled calf, [10], 153, [2], [1]; [4], 41, [3] pages. Lacks the first leaf of ads. Somewhat dust-soiled and a little grubby; joints cracking but sound, with some rubbing to the edges, corners and a little cracking to the spine; a very good copy. Item #19780

“His Father, the *Guardian* of his *Virtue,* was no sooner laid in his Grave, than out sets my Gentleman for *London,* that imaginary *Paradise,* the *flaming Sword* of his Father’s Resolution had so long kept him out of - - - - - - Having knocked off the Shackles of his former Restraint, he ranges uncontrouled thro’ this vast Wilderness, eagerly devouring the Variety of *forbidden Fruit,* which so *temptingly* courted his depraved *Curiosity:* Qualified by a plentiful Fortune, and spurred by a vitious Inclination, he commences Rake of the first Rank; encouaged therein by the persuasive Example of his libertine Companions.” The fifth volume in a separately-published series of miscellanies from the notorious Grub Street bookseller Curll; the two novels attached to the Atterburyana are from the pen of John Clarke, who was paid a guinea for each work. Curll’s dedication explains why he makes use of Atterbury’s name (though with so little content from the bishop) and also includes a recipe for soup in verse from Pope. Concludes with three pages of advertisements for works sold under the name of Curll’s son Henry, for “Novels, &c. Printed for H. Curll in the Strand.” Straus, The Unspeakable Curll, page 281; McBurney 206. Early ink ownership signature to the front paste-down (perhaps for one John Mouetty, alias Batteny?) and a contemporary ink title note to the paste-down; a few other scattered pen tests and smears. No free endpapers.

Price: $750.00

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