1786 · London
As the title-page helpfully explains, "In this edition the whole of [Price's] various forgeries and frauds are circumstantially related; together with his origin, and all the material occurrences of his life, equally disgraceful to human nature, till he began that desperate undertaking of forgeries on the Bank of England. In the carrying on of which, he, in the most artful and surprising manner, baffled every mode of detection, set on foot by the directors and the magistrates of Bow-Street, for a series of six years." This offering comes with => a folding frontispiece of Price in both his regular clothes and in disguise, and an absolutely scathing advertisement page warning readers away from the James Ridgeway edition as it is "the most pitiful piracy that ever disgraced the records of illiberal imposition."
First covered in the English Chronicle, Price was a popular biographical subject, with three different editions of this work printed in 1786 alone. Searches of COPAC, WorldCat, and the NUC reveal only one holding of this edition in a U.S. institution (Princeton).
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC N49660. 19th-century quarter tan linen and blue paper–covered boards, both darkened, with gilt lettering and ruling on spine; spine lightly dust-soiled, light pencilling on endpapers. Light age-toning and spotting, a few creased edges; one missing corner, one short marginal tear to plate not quite reaching impression, and one torn and uneven leaf from flawed paper manufacture (pp. 29/30) affecting text. One inked page number and one correction of Latin spelling. => Colorful biography and colorful publishing commentary. (Inventory #: 38564)