1741 The Eight Volumes of Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy Who Lived Five and Forty Years Undiscovered at Paris
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Early Edition, Leather Binding
Bookplate to the front pastedown of volume I, Thomas Ereth. Second bookplate to volume I, II, F R P Forrest. Thomas Ereth's bookplate isn't to volume II, V, Illustrated frontispiece to volume I. Collated, complete. Title page to the first volume states that it is the twenty-third edition, whereas title pages to the subsequent continuation novels are the eleventh edition. This is therefore the eleventh edition of all eight volumes of this work. Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy is an eight volume collection of fictional letters claiming the authorship to be an Ottoman spy named 'Mahmut' in the French court of Louis XIV. The original volume was written by Giovanni Paolo Marana, a political refugee to the French court of Louis XIV. The subsequent seven volumes were first written in English and appeared between 1691 and 1694. There has been controversy regarding the authorship of the seven later volumes. The most notable of those attributed to the text are William Bradshaw and Roberty Midgely who produced the original English translation.
In contemporary calf bindings. Externally, sound. Rubbing to the joints and spines, with small loss to the head and tail of spines. Joints and hinges to volume I and II are tender. Rear hinge to volume VI is strained but firm. Bookplates to the front pastedowns of all volumes. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are very bright. Minor worming to the head of gutter to volume I, not affecting the text. Small patches of worming to the outer margins of volume III, again not affecting the text. Very light tidemark to the top margins of pages from the start to page 31 of volume V. Otherwise, just the odd spot to pages.
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