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[LAMB, CHARLES]. A Brief and Merry History of Great Britain: Containing An Account of the Religions, Customs, Manners, Humours, Characters, Caprice, Contrasts, Foibles, Factions, etc. of the People. Written Originally in Arabick, By Ali Mohammed Hadgi...Faithfully render'd into English by Mr. Anthony Hillier...London: Printed for J. Roberts...J. Shuckburgh...J. Jackson...J. Penn, n.d. [ca. 1730]. 8vo, 56 pp., 19th-century red half morocco, t.e.g., others uncut, a bit rubbed, recto of frontispiece, last text page, and some margins soiled, red half morocco slipcase. FIRST EDITION (?) of this satire purporting to be by a "physician to his Excellency Cossem Hojah, late Envoy from the Government of Tripoli, in South-Barbary, to this Court," "portrait" frontispiece of "Hadgi," CHARLES LAMB'S COPY, signed by him ("C Lamb") at top of title-page, and inscribed by him on recto of frontispiece leaf (page soiled, ink faded): "dear R [possibly Henry Crabb Robinson] How I should like you to read this Book. I have read parts to Mary [Lamb] & she has laughed. I have laughed to keep her company. If you cover it [have it bound?] I will not recover it. This is a joke like *Coleridge makes, I make better ones, I mean worse. CL or Wordsworth." From the book's previous auction catalogue description (see provenance below): "The asterisk before the name Coleridge and the addition of the name Wordsworth at end imply the construction 'a joke like Coleridge or Wordsworth makes'...As to the identity of the recipient...Lamb addressed some letters to Henry Crabb Robinson with the simple saluation 'Dear R.'" Provenance: Jerome Kern, bookplate (sale, "The Later Library of...," Parke-Bernet, 16 October 1962, lot 193).

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[LAMB, CHARLES]. A Brief and Merry History of Great Britain: Containing An Account of the Religions, Customs, Manners, Humours, Characters, Caprice, Contrasts, Foibles, Factions, etc. of the People. Written Originally in Arabick, By Ali Mohammed Hadgi...Faithfully render'd into English by Mr. Anthony Hillier...London: Printed for J. Roberts...J. Shuckburgh...J. Jackson...J. Penn, n.d. [ca. 1730]. 8vo, 56 pp., 19th-century red half morocco, t.e.g., others uncut, a bit rubbed, recto of frontispiece, last text page, and some margins soiled, red half morocco slipcase. FIRST EDITION (?) of this satire purporting to be by a "physician to his Excellency Cossem Hojah, late Envoy from the Government of Tripoli, in South-Barbary, to this Court," "portrait" frontispiece of "Hadgi," CHARLES LAMB'S COPY, signed by him ("C Lamb") at top of title-page, and inscribed by him on recto of frontispiece leaf (page soiled, ink faded): "dear R [possibly Henry Crabb Robinson] How I should like you to read this Book. I have read parts to Mary [Lamb] & she has laughed. I have laughed to keep her company. If you cover it [have it bound?] I will not recover it. This is a joke like *Coleridge makes, I make better ones, I mean worse. CL or Wordsworth." From the book's previous auction catalogue description (see provenance below): "The asterisk before the name Coleridge and the addition of the name Wordsworth at end imply the construction 'a joke like Coleridge or Wordsworth makes'...As to the identity of the recipient...Lamb addressed some letters to Henry Crabb Robinson with the simple saluation 'Dear R.'"

Provenance: Jerome Kern, bookplate (sale, "The Later Library of...," Parke-Bernet, 16 October 1962, lot 193).
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