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English Letters, Erotica, Six Volumes.

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November 16, 2014 10:00AM


English Letters, Erotica, Six Volumes.
Memoirs of the Gentry, &c. of Thule: or, the Island of Love. Being a Secret History of their Amours, Artifices and Intrigues, London: for W. Webb, 1742-1744, first edition, two 12mo volumes, five copies in ESTC, in uniform full speckled calf by Riviere, gilt spines, a.e.g., volume one front board detached, joints weak;
John Hill's (1714-1775?) Lucina sine Concubitu. A Letter Humbly address'd to the Royal Society; in which is proved by most Incontestible Evidence, drawn from Reason and Practice, that a Woman may conceive and be brought to Bed without any Commerce with Man, London: M. Cooper, 1750, second edition, large octavo, written and published by Hill as a hoax on the Royal Society in revenge for his rejection as a candidate for membership; disbound, last leaf toned, tears, ink stain, 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.
John Hall-Stevenson's (1718-1785) Crazy Tales, London: [no printer], 1769, third edition, no half-title, octavo, in full calf by Riviere, a.e.g., rebacked, 6 x 3 1/2 in.
[and] The General Lover: or the Ladies' Gentleman London: for J. Ryall, 1790, two large 12mo volumes, first and only edition in ESTC, which lists only one copy worldwide; bound in fine uniform full sprinkled calf, gilt tooled spine and turn-ins, by Root & Son, frontispieces in both volumes, t.e.g., large copies, with deckle edges in evidence, ads at the end of volume two, bindings very good, 7 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (6)

Provenance: Ex libris Charles S. Dixwell (1868-1934).
Estimate $500-700

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London, John Hill, Island of Love, Royal Society, John Hall-Stevenson, Charles S. Dixwell