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THE PRINCE OF ABISSINIA. A TALE
London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley ... 1759. London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley ..., 1759.. Two volumes. viii,159,[1];viii,165,[1]pp. Small octavo. Original calf, raised bands, gilt title labels. Ink ownership inscriptions (see below), bound without terminal blank M4 in the second volume, otherwise a very pretty set. Cloth slipcase and chemise. First edition of Samuel Johnson's only novel, written in the evenings of one week in an effort to raise funds for his mother's care, and eventually, to pay for her funeral. The first edition consisted of 1500 copies. A2 in the second volume is in the second, corrected state; p.106 is signed D4, and the reading 'indiscerpible' appears at II:161:2. Nonetheless, this is a relatively early copy: formal publication took place on 19 April, and each volume bears on the free endsheet the inscription: "John Auld Goodford July 19. 1759." In each case, the inscription has been neatly lined through on an early occasion, and ownership transferred to "Maria Goodford Junr." FLEEMAN 59.4R/1. COURTNEY & SMITH, p.87. ROTHSCHILD 1242-4. ESTC T139510.
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