The controversial Letters of John Wilkes … John Horne, and their principal adherents, with a supplement, containing material anonymous pieces, &c. &c. &c.

London, Sherlock for Williams, 1771.

8vo, pp. [2], 320; first and last leaves slightly dusty, some scattered foxing, else a very good copy in twentieth-century library half morocco over straight-grain cloth, rubbed; spine with raised bands, gilt; two engraved portraits mounted to front free endpapers, ink borders; inkstamps and bookplate of Norwich Public Libraries; presentation inscription dated 1900 signed by member of the Tooke family; notes in ink to title-page, one or two further annotations to text.


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First and only edition thus. Letters charting the friendship and quarrels of John Wilkes (1725–1797) and John Horne Tooke (1736–1812). Tooke was a member of the Society of Supporters of the Bill of Rights, which existed to pay of Wilkes’s debts in the name of the radical cause, but he later fell out with Wilkes over the use of these funds.

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