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WILKES, John.

English Liberty:

being a collection of interesting tracts, from the year 1762 to 1769. Containing the private correspondence, public letters, speeches and addresses, of John Wilkes, Esq. Humbly dedicated to the King.

London : [1769?] Stock Code: 139098
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First edition, uncommon with both parts, and particularly scarce in commerce, of this collection of letters and tracts by the radical journalist and politician John Wilkes (1725-1797), including letters to periodicals, and letters and essays on subjects ranging from the St George's Fields massacre to Wilkes's expulsion from the House of Commons, his exile, and his re-election. An especial focus is his correspondence regarding his writings in the North Briton and his attacks on Lord Bute, which resulted in his imprisonment.

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Description

2 parts in 1 volume, folio (289 x 174 mm). Near-contemporary half calf with marbled sides, rebacked, hinges reinforced.

Illustrations

Engraved allegorical frontispiece, separate title page to second part, text within ornamental border throughout.

Condition

Ownership notes dated 1894 and 2006 to front free endpaper. Final 2 leaves supplied in facsimile. Binding worn, 7 cm closed tear to top of title page affecting text without loss, offsetting to title and some foxing, repair at foot of pp. 125/126 not affecting text, closed tear to pp. 201/202 repaired slightly affecting text, tiny hole to pp. 173-176 affecting a few letters, light running stain at foot. A good copy.

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