(HOTTEN, John Camden, publisher). ‘COLEMAN, George’ [pseud.] ~ The Rodiad. ‘London: Cadell & Murray, 1810’ [but John Camden Hotten, c. 1871].
Small 8vo (171 × 130 mm), pp. 62, including half title. Vignette of an arm and birch as a frontispiece. Contemporary publisher’s quarter morocco, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy.
First edition, very scarce. Spuriously attributed to George Coleman the younger, but actually a new work, perhaps attributable to Richard Mockton Milnes. The head of the title bears the ‘Library illustrative of Social Progress’ headline. The publisher Hotten ‘had a particular line in flagellation literature, which ranged from A History of the Rod (1870) to a collection of mostly eighteenth-century flagellation pamphlets under the general title of Library Illustrative of Social Progress (1873)’ (Oxford DNB). This rare 1871 edition was of 250 copies only; it was reprinted in 1898. cf. Ashbee, Centuria librorum absconditorum, p. 471-474.