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The Adventures of David Simple: Containing an Account of His Travels Through the Cities of London and Westminster, in the Search of a Real Friend. By a Lady
London: A. Millar, 1744. First edition. x, 278; [ii], 322 pp. 2 vols. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked to style, red morocco spine labels. Covers rubbed, a few gatherings proud, vol. I front free endpaper removed. First edition. x, 278; [ii], 322 pp. 2 vols. 12mo. Sarah Fielding's first and best-known novel, issued by the same publisher of her brother Henry's Joseph Andrews, and resembling the latter in format and chapter headings. Henry added a Preface for the Second Edition to assure the public that the novel was not his work but that of "a young woman … nearly and dearly allied to me." We now know that he did assist his sister and helped revise the text. Block, p. 74; Cross III, p. 309. Provenance: Louis & Anne Marie Davidson (bookplate)
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