A Critical Bibliography of Daniel Defoe by P N Furbank

By P N Furbank

Daniel Defoe was once probably the most prolific writers in English literature, but the canon of works attributed to him swelled from a hundred to 570 titles among 1790 and the Nineteen Nineties. Furbank and Owens offer a severe bibliography of Defoe's works, together with evidences for ascription.

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Date: Advertised as 'this day' in the Flying-Post, 19-21 January 1697. Other locations: C, Ct, Dt, E, Eu, Ldw, Lu, 0, Oas; CLU-C, CSmH, CtY-BR, DFo, ICN, InU-Li, IU, MB, MH-H, NIC, NN, PPRF, RPB, TxU; CaOTU. A collection of proposals, or 'projects' for the bettering of English society, with an introductory 'History of Projects'. The topics are as follows: 'Of Projectors', 'Of Banks', 'Of the High-ways', 'Of Assurances', 'Of Friendly Societies', 'A Pension Office', 'Of Wagering', 'Of Fools', 'Of Bankrupts', 'Of Academies', ,An Academy for Women', 'Of a Court-Merchant', 'Of Seamen'.

Samuel Annesley, by way of Elegy: with a Preface. Written by One of his Hearers. London: Printed for E. Whitlock, near Stationers-Hall, 1697. 16 (13). 4°: 11 leaves, pp. i-vi 1-16. Date: Advertised as 'this day' in the Flying-Post, 4-6 February 1697. Other locations: Lmh. A verse eulogy of the Dissenting minister Samuel Annesley as a combination of Christian virtues and human graces, showing that 'The Gentleman and Christian may agree' (p. 7). ' Reprinted, without the preface, in the n'ue Collection (1703).

In 1700, unsold sheets were reissued with a new title-page: Several Essays Relating to Academies, Banks, Bankrupts, Chal'ity-Lotteries, Courts ofEnquiries, COU1·t MeJ'chants, Friendly-Societies, High-ways, Pension-Office, Seamen, WageJ'ing, &c. Now Communicated to the W01'ld fm' Publick Good (London: Printed for Thomas Cockerill, at the Bible and Three Leggs against Grocers-Hall in the Poultrey. 9 A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF DANIEL DEFOE 1700. Price Three Shillings). The two issues in 1702 have four different title-pages, as follows: Essays upon Several Projects: 01~ Effectual Ways for advancing the Interest of the Nation [ ...

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