AN APOLOGY FOR THE LIFE OF MR. BAMPFYLDE-MOORE CAREW, COMMONLY CALL'D THE KING OF THE BEGGARS....

London: Printed for R. Goadby and W. Owan Bookseller, at Temple- Bar, 1775. xxiv,iv,347,[1]pp. Folding frontis. Contemporary calf, raised bands. Minor rubbing. Slight tanning in margins of end matter, contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM32325

Ninth edition, after the first of 1745, and the first appearance under the present title in 1749. The purported author, who characterizes himself as the "Devonshire stroller and dog stealer," was born in 1693 and transported to America at some undetermined date in his youth. Carew describes his adventures in Maryland, Virginia, and farther north where, according to Howes, "he operated confidence schemes among colonial suckers." Also described herein are his picaresque adventures among gypsies, on the Continent, and particularly in London. The last five pages make up a Gypsy dictionary. An intriguing, possibly fictional, narrative. This edition is notable for the large folding frontispiece of the author. HOWES C132. CLARK I:52. SABIN 27615. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 750/17 (another ed).

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Devonshire Stroller and Dog Stealer