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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

The Cases of Polygamy, Concubinage, Adultery, Divorce &c.

[CURLL (Edmund) - compiler?].

[CURLL (Edmund) - compiler?].

The Cases of Polygamy, Concubinage, Adultery, Divorce &c. Seriously and Learnedly Discussed. Being a Compleat Collection of all the Remarkable Tryals and Tracts which have been Written on those Important Subjects. By the most Eminent Hands.

First Edition. 12mo. [156 x 97 x 26 mm]. [1]f, lvii, [i], 240 pp. Newly bound by Philip Dusel in old-style sprinkled calf, the covers panelled in blind, the spine divided into six panels with bands flanked by gilt double fillets, lettered in the second panel on a red goatskin label, the others with a gilt central ornament, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, plain endleaves and edges.
London: for T. Payne, J. Chrichley, and W. Shropshire, 1732.

A little spotted or browned throughout. Old ink private ownership stamp (from Bombay) at foot of the title.

ESTC records eleven copies of this edition (Advocates Library, British Library, Cambridge; Folger, Huntington, Lilly, Union Theological Seminary, Library of Congress, UCLA, University of Kansas and University of King's College). There was another issue with the same collation but title-page with the imprint "for E. Curll, T. Payne, J. Chrichley and J. Jackson" (BL and Edinburgh only in UK, one in Germany and eight in USA). The work was reissued in 1736 with the title Select and Curious Cases of Polygamy.

There is a thoroughly Curll-ish flavour about this work. The tracts include Bernardino Orchino's and Sir Charles Wolseley's on polygamy and divorce, and one called "Conjugium Languens: or, the Natural, Civil, and Religious Mischiefs Arising from Conjugal Infidelity and Impunity".

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