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THE HISTORY OF TOM JONES, A FOUNDLING
London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749.. Six volumes. lxii,[2(errata)],214; [2],324; [2],370,[blank]; [2],312; [2],294; [2],304pp. 12mo. Early 20th century speckled calf, spines gilt extra, gilt labels, a.e.g. Joints a trifle rubbed, but sound, bookplate tipped in first volume, small marginal adhesion flaw to III:G12 and natural paper flaw affecting a couple letters to III:H6; small marginal spot to three leaves in vol. VI, otherwise a very good, or better, set. First edition of Fielding's masterpiece, and one of the key 18th century novels. The first edition consisted of 2000 copies, and these were virtually all spoken for prior to the formal day of publication. The copies of the first edition are distinguished, as here, by the presence of the page of errata following the table of contents in the first volume. The errata were corrected and the page taken over by the enlargement of the contents in the unmarked second edition of 1500 copies, which was ordered after the first edition was exhausted. Both editions were in circulation on the formal publication day of 28 February. This set exhibits the usual cancels and B5 in volume VI is unsigned. CROSS III:317. ROTHSCHILD 850-1. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 48.
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