8vo, pp. viii, 522; title-page slightly dusty, one or two spots and ink blots, whole to 3Q4 affecting one word, repaired; else a very good copy in recent blue cloth, spine gilt, red lettering-piece.
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The Life and political writings of John Wilkes, Esq; four times elected Knight of the Shire for the County of Middlesex, and Alderman Elect of the Ward of Farringdon Without, London.
First and only edition, scarce. At the rear of this edition is a complicated note to the subscribers, promising a second volume, which was presumably never published; and a portrait of Wilkes, not yet finished, to be delivered gratis with the second part.
Sketchley blames his difficulties on the wish of certain of his subscribers, that Wilkes’s journal the North Briton be provided in its entirety, which seems to have been rather bad timing: ‘The Editor is therefore forced to conclude this volume here, in which the public is obliged for four shillings only, with more than enters into the new edition of the North Briton’s, now publishing by Mr Bingley for half a guinea, and are therefore savers of six shillings and six pence’. Sketchley offers, in lieu of the portrait, an ‘additional half-sheet … [which] we hope the subscribers will accept of’, though it is unclear what this refers to.
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