CHRYSAL; or, The Adventures of a Guinea. Charles Johnstone, An Adept.

CHRYSAL; or, The Adventures of a Guinea

London: Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington; G. Robinson; T. Cadell; T. Evans; and R. Baldwin, 1783. New Edition. Hardcover. One of the first of the immensely popular 18th-century “it-narratives”, Chrysal (1760) tells the tale of a coin and the human intrigue to which it finds itself bearing witness. After a rather dramatic and wonderfully overwrought beginning in which we learn of the coin being bestowed with consciousness and dug from a Peruvian mine, the monetary narrator proceeds to dish the dirt on various celebrities of the time as it passes from hand to hand, being conveniently present for a variety of gossip-worthy conversations, romps, and scandals. Spending some time circulating among the streets and elite of London, the coin also finds itself in the courts of Lisbon and Vienna, and the front-lines of war in Germany (the Seven Years’ War was raging at the time), Canada, and the Caribbean. Octavo, four volumes. In period tree calf bindings, with decorative gilt stamping, red and black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, and ribbon markers. Some minor scuffing and wear to the leather, including a tiny chip to the spine heel of the first volume; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #68414

Price: $250.00

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