Confessions of an English opium-eater together with selections from the Autobiography of Thomas de Quincey by Thomas De Quincey

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Cover title: De Quincey selected writings.

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StatementThomas de Quincey ; edited and with an introduction by Edward Sackville-West.
SeriesCresset library
ContributionsDe Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859., Sackville-West, Edward, Baron Sackville.
The Physical Object
Paginationxx, 340p. ;
Number of Pages340
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22415704M

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