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(DUNTON, John). The Phenix; Or, A Revival of Scarce and Valuable Pieces From the Remotest Antiquity Down to the Present Times. Being a Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Tracts, No Where to be Found but in Closets of the Curious. By a Gentleman who has Made It. (pseud).
London: J. Morphew, 1707. In two volumes. First edition. 8vo., rebound in 20th century half calf, marble boards, leather spine labels, vi, 570; (xvi), 552pp. Some foxing, some offsetting and browning to the perimeter of a few leaves but otherwise a very nice set.

A collection of 30 (numbered Phenix I-XXX, with a preface and table of contents in each volume) religious, political and historical tracts from the reigns of Edward I to William III. John Dunton [1659-1732] is chiefly remembered as ‘one of the most prominent London booksellers of the 1690s, an innovative if somewhat eccentric figure, who made a significant contribution to whig propaganda in the decade after the revolution of 1688. His search after novelties led him to experiment with new literary forms, and his influence may be traced in the rise of the eighteenth-century periodical.’

(DNB) Goldsmiths 4385, NCBEL II: 1344.

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