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JUNIUS (pseudonym).

JUNIUS (pseudonym).

Junius. Stat Nominis Umbra.

Two volumes. Small 8vo. [170 x 110 x 50 mm]. [1]f, xxxii, vii, [i], 208, [38] pp; [1]f, 356pp. Original blue paper wrappers, with ink signature "Salter" on front covers and "Junius" on the spines, uncut edges. (Expert and almost invisible repairs to tears in spines). Each volume contained in a later green cloth chemise, within a slipcase with green cloth sides and green goatskin spine, divided into six panels with raised bands and gilt panels, lettered in the second, fourth and fifth panels and at the foot.
London: printed for Henry Sampson Woodfall, in Pater Noster Row, 1772

Junius is a collection of private and open letters critical of the government of George III from an anonymous polemicist, along with replies, written between 1769 and 1772. Several unauthorised editions were published before 1772, but Woodfall's editions of 1772 were believed to have been arranged by "Junius" and include the opening "Dedication to the English Nation and the Preface in which he grants ownership and copyright of the letters to Woodfall. Woodfall published three editions or issues dated 1772, and there is also an undated edition. This issue (ESCT T29288) contains a Table of Contents (bound after the Preface) and Index in vol.1.

This copy is remarkable for being uncut in the original wrappers, and comes in an expensive slipcase and pair of chemises, which probably date from c.1925.

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