[COBBETT, William]. "PORCUPINE, Peter". Porcupine's Works, Volume 1. Philadelphia : Published by William Cobbett, Opposite Christ Church, 1795-. Pp. (8),-88, (2),[iii]-v,(1),-66, (4),-31,(1), (2),[iii]-viii,-66, (4),-111,(1), (2),[iii]-iv,-71,(1), (2),[iii]-iv,-68. Seven pamphlets bound in one volume 8vo, original half maroon calf with marbled boards, five gilt tooled bands and gilt lettering to spine.
William Cobbett (b. March 9, 1763, Farnham, Surrey, England - 18 June 18, 1835, Normandy, Surrey) here writing under the pseudonym Peter Porcupine. I recall the story of Cobbett's losing his copy of Jonathan's Swift's Tale of a Tub [ a thrupenny boyhood purchase in 1777] overboard, during a 1785 crossing of the Bay of Fundy. [See DCB Volume 6]. I wonder where it ended up.
Consisting of the following pamphlets bound together:
1. "Observations on the Emigration of Dr. Joseph Priestley, and on the Several Addresses delivered to Him, on his Arrival at New York, with additions; containing many curious and interesting facts on the subject, not known here when the First Edition was published: together with A Comprehensive Story of a Farmer's Bull.". Bradford's Fourth Edition by Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: published by Thomas Bradford, printer, book-seller & stationer, No. 8., South Front Street, 1796;
2. "A Bone to Gnaw, for the Democrats; or, Observations on a Pamphlet, entitled 'The Political Progress of Britain.'." The Second Edition, Revised. Philadelphia: printed by Thomas Bradford, No. 8, South Front Street, 1795;
3. "A Kick for a Bite; or, Review upon Review; with a Critical Essay, on the works of Mrs. S. Rowson; in a Letter to the Editor, or Editors, of the American Monthly Review". Second Edition, by Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: printed by Thomas Bradford, 1796;
4. "Part II. A Bone to Gnaw, for the Democrats; containing, Observations on a Patriotic Pamphlet, entitled 'Proceedings of the United Irishmen.' 2dly. Democratic Principles Exemplified by Examples. 3dly. Democratic Memories; or an Account of Some Recent Feats Performed by the Frenchified Citizens of the United States of America.". By Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: printed & sold by Thomas BRadford, No. 8, South Front Street, 1795;
5. "A Little Plain English, Addressed to the People of the United States, on the Treaty Negociated with His Britannic Majesty, and on the Conduct of The President relative thereto; in answer to 'The Letters of Franklin.' With a supplement containing an account of the turbulent and factious proceedings of the opposers of The Treaty". By Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: published by Thomas Bradford, printer, bookseller, and stationer, No. 8, South Front Street, 1795;
6. "A New Year's Gift to the Democrats; or, Observations on a Pamphlet, entitled, 'A Vindication of Mr. Randolph's Resignation'." By Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: published by Thomas Bradford, printer, book-seller & stationer, No. 8, South Front-Street, 1796;
7. "A Prospect from the Congress-Gallery, during the Session begun December 7, 1795. Containing, The President's Speech, the addresses of both Houses, some of the debates in the Senate, and all the principal debates in the House of Representatives; each debate being brought under one head, and so digested and simplified as to give the reader the completest view of the proceedings with least possible fatigue. With occasional remarks". By Peter Porcupine. Philadelphia: published by Thomas Bradford, printer, book-seller & stationer, No. 8, South Front-Street, 1796.
Small wormhole near tail of spine, marginal brown-toning with a couple of minor marginal stains, else a very good, tight copy. Uncommon 1,350.00