London: Printed for Tho. Astley, 1743. First thus edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very good condition. Item #008100
[viii], 352 pages of text, followed by 16 pages of publisher's advertisement. Title page preceded by an additional page (printed on one side only) of publisher's advertisement. One letter of text on a dedication page is marred off and there is minor staining, but the text is otherwise remarkably clean and bright. Original full leather binding is quite weakened at the hinges, with moderate rubbing to extremities, but remains intact and attractive. Attributed to Defoe by Moore and Novak. Moore 500. Engraved bookplate on front paste down endpaper. Title continues "...Containing an account of the conduct of the Earl of Peterborough, and other general officers, admirals, &c. and several remarkable transactions both by Sea and Land. In which the Genius, Pride, and Barbarity of Spaniards, during the Author's being a Prisoner of War among them, are set in a true light. Together with a description of many of their cities, towns, &c. Particularly Valencia, Barcelona, Molviedro, Saguntum, Alicant, Montserat, Denia, St. Clement de la Mancha, Madrid, Valadolid, Bilboa, St. Jean de Luz, Bayonne, Pont d'Esprit, Pampelona, Saragoza, &c. Their Manners and Customs, both Religious and Civil; Observations on their Monasteries and Nunneries, and their manner of investing Nuns. Likewise their Bull-Feasts, and other publick Diversions." Daniel Defoe (1661-1731).