The Life of John Metcalf, commonly called Blind Jack of Knaresborough. With many entertaining anecdotes of his exploits in Hunting, Card-Playing, &c.

  • (Metcalf, John)
  • York: Printed by E. and R. Peck 1795
  • ESTC T92160.


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FIRST EDITION, 12mo, pp. vi, 153, [1] + frontispiece. Modern marbled boards backed in buff paper, printed paper label. Toned, some spotting. A few marginal marks and notes in pencil.


The first edition of the memoirs of the English eccentric John Metcalf (1717-1810), oft-reprinted for the popular market in the following decades. Metcalf was blinded by smallpox as a child but went on to an unusually full life, developing his skills at riding, swimming, gambling, music, and long-distance walking. His main employment for much of his life was road-building, for which he developed several significant improvements in methods and efficiency, and he also raised troops against the 1745 Jacobite uprising, being present at Falkirk and Culloden.

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