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[ARBUTHNOT (John) SWIFT (Jonathan). The endless... - Lot 208 - Kâ-Mondo
[ARBUTHNOT (John) SWIFT (Jonathan). The endless trial or story of John Bull published on a manuscript found in the cabinet of the famous Sire Humfroy Polefworth. London: J. Nours, 1753. In-12,  f., XXIII (title, warning, preface, printer's notice), 248 p., 19th c. red polished half-chagrin with corners, five-ribbed spine, gilt fleurons, title and author, date on tail, marbled edges (upper spine cracked, caps and corners dull).
First French edition of this translation by Abbé Velly of the story of John Bull, caricature and personification of the British nation. This satire, long attributed to Swift, of the political maneuvers of Great Britain, France, Spain and Holland, which led to the Treaty of Utrecht (1713), is probably by John Arbuthnot, Queen Anne's physician and friend of Pope, Pepys and Newton.
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