A volume of five rare works – two by Jonathan Swift, two by Daniel Defoe and one by the House of Commons. Bearing the bookplate of Irish physician, naturalist, and collector, Hans Sloane, and presumably bound together at his request. The works comprise the following:
The Conduct of the Allies and of the Late Ministry in Beginning and Carrying on the Present War, Jonathan Swift. London: Printed for John Morphew, near Stationers Hall. No edition stated, presumed first. pp. 96.
A Farther Search into the Conduct of the Allies and the Late Ministry as to Peace and War, Daniel Defoe although sometimes attributed to Jonathan Swift. London: [No publisher], 1712. Presumed first edition. pp. 77.
Some Remarks on the Barrier Treaty, Between Her Majesty and the States-General, Jonathan Swift. London: Printed for John Morphew, near Stationers Hall, 1712. First Edition. pp. 48.
The Humble Representation of the House of Commons to the Queen. With Her Majesty's Most Gracious Answer Thereunto, [House of Commons]. London: Printed for Samuel Keble at the Turk’s Head in Fleetstreet, and Henry Clements at the Half-Moon in St Paul’s Church-yard, 1712. First Edition, pp. 15.
The Justice and Necessity of a War with Holland, Daniel Defoe. London: Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1712. First Edition. pp. 36.
Bound together in period paneled calf, with gilt tooling and floral sprays to covers, raised bands and gilt decorations to spine, label missing. There are two preliminary and terminal leaves, with a blank leaf bound between each work. Covers show minor wear, with a bit of loss to spine tips. Front pastedown lifting, erased notations to front pastedown and first blank. A contemporary marginal notation to pg. 39 of Conduct of the Allies, as well as writing in the same hand to the final page. Loss along the edge of the title page A Farther Search, not effecting text. A few pages cut a little close in The Justice and Necessity, not affecting text. Overall, pages are quite clean with perhaps scattered foxing and toning.