The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. In which are included, Memoirs of a Lady of Quality. In four Volumes. Vol. I. [-IV] …

London: Printed for the Author: and sold by D. Wilson … 1751.

4 vols., 12mo., with the cancel L12 in volume III, but not the terminal blanks in vols II-III; occasional foxing; a good copy in contemporary marbled calf, rebacked.

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First edition of Smollett’s picaresque account of the adventures of the egotistical young dandy Peregrine Pickle. The novel is particularly notable for its description of his journeys in Europe which constitute a ‘great, sustained prose satire on the Grand Tour, every detail of which can be fully substantiated from contemporary books on Continental travel’ (Oxford DNB).

The book earned particular notoriety for its inclusion of Frances, Lady Vane’s scandalous ‘Memoirs of a Lady of Quality’, which describes her extramarital romantic adventures and her marriage to Lord Vane, whose sexual overtures are unfavourably characterised as ‘the pawings of an imp, sent from hell to tease and torment some guilty wretch’.

Rothschild 1910.

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