8vo., quarter vellum with red leather label to spine, green boards, pp. pp. , ii, 364, . Spine bumped, bowed and cocked, staining to vellum, wearing and chipping to boards, pages browned, ink stain to foredge of pp. i-11, some chipping, dog-earing to page corners; otherwise a good copy, the binding tight. George Psalmanazar (c. 1679-3 May 1763) was a Frenchman who claimed to be the first native of Formosa (today Taiwan) to visit Europe. For some years he convinced many in Britain, but he was later revealed to be an impostor and proved fake. He subsequently became a theological essayist, and a friend and acquaintance of Samuel Johnson and other noted figures in 18th-century literary London.
PSALMANAZAR, George., Memoirs of ****. Commonly known by the Name of George Psalmanazar; a Reputed Native of Formosa. Written by himself, In order to be published after his Death. Containing An Account of his Education, Travels, Adventures, Connections, Literary Productions, and pretended Conversion from Heathenism to Christianity; which last proved the Occasion of his being brought over into this Kingdom, and passing for a Proselyte, and a Member of the Church of England., Printed for the Executrix, 1764
Biographies & Letters
SHARP, Samuel., Letters from Italy, describing the Customs and Manners of that Country, In the Years 1765, and 1766. To which is Annexed, An Admonition to Gentlemen who pass the Alps, in their Tour through Italy. The Second Edition., [R. Cave] for W. Nicol, T. Becket, P. A. de Hondt and T. Cadell, 1767