8vo., pp. , 21, , 84, , 97, , 42, 16, , 44, , 21, , 6, , 30, with an engraved frontispiece; foxed, first and last four gatherings browned; in contemporary panelled calf, rebacked; bookplate of Graham Pollard.
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First edition, the issue without the two rows of ornaments to the title-page, and with Q4-R3 uncancelled. Defoe’s Letter to a Dissenter (first published 1688) rather than Halifax’s was printed in error on leaves Q4-R3, and these leaves are cancelled in later issues (in the present copy Q4 is torn for cancellation). Halifax’s actual Letter is printed on two final gatherings (leaves Q-q8).
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