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[DEFOE, DANIEL or BOND, WILLIAM, attributed to.] The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell . . . who, tho' Deaf and Dumb, writes down any Stranger's Name at first Sight; with their future Contingencies of Fortune. Engraved frontispiece portrait and 3 plates, including sign language chart. xix, , 320 pages. 8vo, 191x117 mm, contemporary panelled calf, recased with front joint reinforced, endpapers sympathetically renewed; occasional toning of text, plates clean. Bookplate of Thomas Symonds of Pengethly. London: E. Curll for W. Mears and T. Jauncy et al., 1720
first edition of the purported autobiography of a notorious deaf and mute fortune teller (d. 1730), formerly thought to have been written by Defoe but more likely by Bond. Furbank & Owens, Defoe De-Attributions 432.