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The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel defoe – Early Printing 1708

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A rare pamphlet by Daniel Defoe published anonymously. First seen in 1701 this is the still scarce edition published by Henry Hills, London in 1708.

Octavo, 37 pages plus one page of advertisements. Previous owners name on title. A very good copy.

A satirical poem of length about xenophobia … a few could learn from it today. Dutch born William of Orange has become King of England, and there was much tittle tattle about his lack of Englishness. Defoe, forever a wit, wrote this in support of old William of O, ridiculing the notion of English racial purity. Well the evidence is there.

Defoe … much quoted from his opening rant

“that het’rogeneous thing, an Englishman:
In eager rapes, and furious lust begot
Betwixt a painted Britain and a Scot
Whose gend’ring off-spring quickly learn’d to bow,
And yoke their heifers to the Roman plough:
From whence a mongrel half-bred race there came,
With neither name, nor nation, speech nor fame.
In whose hot veins new mixtures quickly ran,
Infused betwixt a Saxon and a Dane
While their rank daughters, to their parents just,
Receiv’d all nations with promiscuous lust.
This nauseous brood directly did contain
The well-extracted blood of Englishmen.”

Mmhhh … no holding back there

Daniel Defoe at his greatest wit … wish he had met Spike – 300 years plus old ...

Price: $190.00

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