London, R. and J. Dodsley, 1755 [third edition]/ 1754.
Octavo, [iv], 81,  pages.
Early full calf worn at the extremities, with slight loss to the ends of the spine; spine lightly scorched in one small section and heavily rubbed, removing most of the gilt-decorated surface and the title-label; outer hinges broken but the covers are held firmly in place by the cords; a very good copy.
William Hay (1695-1755), author and MP, wrote this 'autobiographical polemic addressing contemporary demonizing attitudes towards disfigurement [which] has been under-recognized as a key intervention in the history of disability' (Shuttleton: Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820). Bound together with [ASGILL, J.]: An Argument proving, that according to the Covenant of Eternal Life revealed in the Scripture, Man may be translated from hence into that Eternal Life, without passing through Death, altho the Humane Nature of Christ himself could not be translated until he had passed through Death ([London?], 1700; 106 pages), and [ASGILL, J.]: Mr Asgill's Defence upon his Expulsion from the House of Commons of Great Britain in 1707 [London, 1712; 88 pages). John Asgill (1659-1738): 'Eccentric writer, student at the Middle Temple, 1686, and called to the Bar 1692. In 1699 he published in an unlucky hour a pamphlet to prove that death was not obligatory upon Christians, which, much to his surprise, aroused the public wrath and led to his expulsion from the Irish and English House of Commons successively. Asgill thereafter fell on evil days, and passed the rest of his life between the Fleet and the King's Bench, where, strange to say, his zeal as a pamphleteer continued unabated' (Cousin: A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature [online]). Apart from a later name-stamp and two old signatures on the early leaves of the first Asgill item and some light tidemarks to the top corner of some leaves of the second Asgill item, the contents are in excellent condition.