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LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE, Of - Defoe Daniel - 1831. [1277183]
London: At the Shakespeare Press by W. Nicol for John Major, Fleet Street, 1831. 2 volumes. First Edition with the Cruikshank illustrations and a copy with pleasing provenance. With an engraved frontispiece in each volume and 38 vignettes in the text by George Cruikshank. 8vo, bound in full polished mottled calf by Morrell, the spines very elaborately gilt tooled, with green and red lettering labels, the covers with elaborate gilt tooled borders, a.e.g. xv, 434; [iv], 406 pp. A superb set, very handsome and beautifully preserved, an unusually fine copy. A FINE PRINTING, WELL ILLUSTRATED BY ONE OF ENGLAND’S GREATEST ARTISTS. HANDSOMELY BOUND IN FULL POLISHED AND MOTTLED CALF GILT EXTRA. “Defoe...disclosed a genius for devising a tale of adventure...(the influence of), not yet dissipated, for much of science fiction is basically Crusoe’s island changed to a planet. At least equally relevant...is the figure of the lonely human being subduing the pitiless forces of nature; going back to nature, indeed, and portraying the ;noble savage’ in a way that made the book required reading for Rousseau’s Emile. ROBINSON CRUSOE has long since been more widely read...in versions...for young people...(there is) the footprint in the sand, Man Friday, the threatening savages, and the endless ingenuity and contrivance that make the hero’s island life tolerable.” PMM “It breathes throughout a spirit of piety and benevolence; it sets in a very striking light the importance of the mechanic arts...it fixes in the mind a lively idea of the horrors of solitude, and, consequently, of the sweets of social life, and of the blessings we derive from conversation and mutual aid; and it shows how by labouring with one’ s own hands, one may secure independence...” Beattie The copy comes from the library of John Kauffman, pioneering conservationist, diplomat, author, sportsman and bibliophile.
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