DEFOE APOCRYPHA – A CORNISH GHOST STORY. Early eighteenth-century manuscript headed "A Remarkable Passage of an Apparition/ 1665", [c.1720]
Lot 48
DEFOE APOCRYPHA – A CORNISH GHOST STORY
Sold for £350 (US$ 440) inc. premium

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DEFOE APOCRYPHA – A CORNISH GHOST STORY
Early eighteenth-century manuscript headed "A Remarkable Passage of an Apparition/ 1665", opening: "In the beginning of This Year a disease happened in this Town of Lanceston...", the upper wrapper inscribed "Ghost", written in a neat late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century hand, with one or two corrections or alterations possibly by another scribe, 16 pages, stitched in contemporary wrappers, 8vo, [c.1720]

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  • This story was published as 'An Account of a Most Surprising Apparition; Sent from Launceston in Cornwall' in Mr Campbell's Packet (ESTC N12265), published in 1720 to capitalise on the popularity of Daniel Defoe's History of the Life and Adventures of Mr Duncan Campbell, and variously attributed to Defoe himself or William Bond (who had lodged with the deaf-mute soothsayer and written his Life).
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