London, South Kensington
4 December 2003
[LONGUEVILLE, Peter (fl. 1727)]. The English Hermit; or, the Adventures of Philip Quarll, London: printed and sold by John Marshall, [c.1790]. 24° (119 x 79mm). Woodcut frontispiece and 25 illustrations, including one full-page map. (Lacking final advertisment leaf, occasional light marginal thumb-soiling, final leaf with 2 short clean tears at inner gutter.) Contemporary floral boards (lightly rubbed, bottom of front joint split bur firmly holding).
This work has been variously attributed to Alexander Bicknell and Edward Dorrington. According to Osborne, however, a copy of the 1727 edition in the British Library has the initials "P. L." on the title; "the dedication is signed Peter Longueville and the preface P. L. In the dedication, Longueville claims to be the author of the book and in the preface he denounces the bookseller for substituting Edward Dorrington's name for his own." Osborne I, 277.
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