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[ROBERT PALTOCK (1697-1767)]

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[ROBERT PALTOCK (1697-1767)]
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, A Cornish Man ... By R.S. a Passenger in the Hector. London: J.Robinson and R.Dodsley 1751. 2 volumes, 12° (163 x 96mm.). Publishers' advertisements at back of each volume (4pp. in vol.I and 5pp. in vol.II). Engraved frontispieces and 4 plates (1 folding). (Some spotting.) 19th-century speckled calf gilt by Riviere (neatly rebacked with original spines laid down).

FIRST EDITION, A FINE SET. The story of Peter Wilkins' adventures amongst the Glums and Gawrys, a people living near the South Pole who are able to fly. 'Of Peter Wilkins Coleridge is reported to have spoken in terms of entusiastic admiration... Southey... says that Paltock's winged people "are the most beautiful creatures of imagination that ever were devised," and adds that Sir Walter Scott was a warm admirer of the book' (DNB). Bleiler "Si-fi: the Early Years" 1749; Bloch p.178; NCBEL II, p.997; Reginald 11157; Spence 892. (2)
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