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Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
1719. DEFOE, Daniel. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, MarinerÂ… WITH: The Farther Adventures of Robinson CrusoeÂ… London: W. Taylor, 1719. Two volumes. Octavo, period-style full paneled black morocco gilt, red morocco spine label, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $17,000.Third edition, first issue, of DefoeÂ’s masterpiece, published within two months of the extremely rare first edition, with the engraved frontispiece portrait of Crusoe by Clark and Pine, together with a scarce first edition, second issue of the second part, with folding map of the world, beautifully bound.""Perhaps there exists no other workÂ… in the English language, which has been more generally read and more universally admired, than the Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe"" (Sir Walter Scott). It ""is the most popular, delightful and extraordinary of all Defoe's works, and has lost none of its original attraction. Dr. Johnson observed, 'Nobody ever laid it down without wishing it were longer'"" (Lowndes, 613-14). It also established a central type of English literature, ""the lonely human being subduing the pitiless forces of natureÂ… [and] much of science fiction is basically Crusoe's island changed to a planet"" (PMM 180). The first part was published on April 25, 1719; a second edition was published May 9, and the third and fourth editions quickly followed, on June 4 and August 7. This is Hutchins' first issue (of two) of the third edition, with tailpiece depicting a lion instead of a phoenix and all other points. The sequel, Farther Adventures, in which Crusoe and Friday make a return trip to their island, was published August 20, 1719. This copy of Farther Adventures is first edition, second issue, with advertisement on verso of [A4]. Part I bound with final two leaves of advertisements; Part II bound with last five leaves of advertisements. Lovett 3. Hutchins 3T, pp. 74-78, 97-112. Moore 412, 417. Folding map, title page, and first three leaves of Volume II with minor expert paper repairs. A very good copy.
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