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[MOORE, John]. Zeluco. Various views of human nature, taken from life and manners, Foreign and Domestic.

Dublin. Printed for Messrs. L. White, P. Byrne, Grueber and M'Allister, and W. Jones, 1789. Second edition.
12mo. In two volumes. [2], 288; 312pp. Contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, contrasting black calf lettering-pieces, gilt. Extremities heavily rubbed. Occasional light spotting.
The first novel of physician, and biographer of Tobias Smollett, John Moore (1729-1802); a deliciously unsavoury, immensely popular work, centred on the vile deeds of the eponymous protagonist, the monstrous Italian nobleman Zeluco. A combination of proto-Gothic villainy and Enlightenment rationality, the work is notable for its transparent social commentary on contemporary debates surrounding slavery and religious intolerance.
£ 150.00 Antiquates Ref: 19073