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    [Featured Lot] Defoe, Daniel, attributed. or William Bond. The History Of The Life And Adventures Of Mr. Duncan Campbell, A Gentleman who tho' Deaf and Dumb, writes down any Stranger's Name at first Sight: with their future Contingencies of Fortune. The Second Edition corrected. London: E.[dward] Curll, 1720. 8vo. A8,a4,B-X8. xix,[1],[4],320pp. Contemporary spotted calf, gilt rules on spine, title on red morocco label, front hinge split at top, rubbed at edges, old royal shelf label on paste-down, foxed, small stain in lower margin of frontispiece. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Vander Grucht afer T. Hill, 4 plates. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $750


    More Information: "Campbell, Duncan 1680?-1730, a professed soothsayerwas descended from a native of Argyllshire, who, having been shipwrecked in Lapland, married a 'lady of consequence' in that country, from whom the son professed to have inherited his gift of second sight. The father, after the death of his wife, returned to Scotland, bringing with him the boy, who was deaf and dumb. He received instruction in reading from a 'learned divine of the university of Glasgow,' and having already manifested the possession of remarkable gifts, went in 1694 to London, where his predictions soon attracted wide attention in fashionable society.  So expensive, however, were his habits that, notwithstanding the large sums he obtained from those who consulted him, he became deeply involved in debt, and to escape his creditors went to Rotterdam, where he enlisted as a soldier. Returning in a few years to London, he read a wealthy young widow's fortune in his own favour, and having taken a house in Monmouth Street, he found himself a greater centre of attraction than ever. 'All his visitants,' says a writer in the 'Tatler,' No. 14, 'come to him full of expectations, and pay his own rate for the interpretations they put upon his shrugs and nods;' and he is thus referred to in the 'Spectator,' No. 560: 'Every one has heard of the famous conjuror who, according to the opinion of the vulgar, has studied himself dumb. Be that as it will, the blind Tiresias was not more famous in Greece than this dumb artist has been for some years last past in the cities of London and Westminster.'Among those whom Campbell seems to have specially impressed was Daniel Defoe, who in 1720 published 'The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell.'"

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