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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Robinson Crusoe. Part 1. 1719]
The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, mariner: who lived eight and twenty years, all alone in an un-inhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river of Oroonoque; having been cast ashore by shipwreck, wherein all the men perished but himself. With an account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by pirates. Written by himself.
London; printed for W. Taylor, 1719.
[4], 364, [2] p., engr. frontis. ; 18.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. This is a reissue with a reset title-page and preface leaf of the original 1719 edition of Defoe's first and most celebrated novel, which went through four editions in the first year of its publication and has never been out of print since. An initial edition of one thousand was printed in late April 1719, followed by a second edition in May, a third in June and a fourth shortly before publication of The farther adventures of Robinson Crusoe in August 1719 (q.v.); the following year saw a fifth edition and a further sequel, Serious reflections during the life and ... adventures of Robinson Crusoe (q.v.). The title-page of the present issue has a semi-colon after 'London' in the imprint (rather than a colon as in the original issue). There are four variants according to whether p. 343 line 2 has 'Pilate' or 'Pilot' and line 21 'Portugnese' or 'Portuguese', and whether the catchword of the (reset) preface is 'apyly' or 'apply'; the Soane copy has the corrected state of each. See H. C. Hutchins, Robinson Crusoe and its printing, 1719--1731, New York, 1925.Frontispiece engraving by Clark. Errata at end with two final advertisement leaves. ESTC n21407; Moore 412; Furbank and Owens 201.

Copy Notes The frontispiece, title-page and preface of the Soane copy are cropped at the head to 17.9 cm. With an additional folded pictorial map of the island depicting scenes from the novel bound in to face p. 323, signed 'Clark & Pine Sc. 1719', possibly belonging to the copy of Serious reflections ... (q.v.), where it is lacking. Incribed in ink on title-page 1766. Bound as part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Robinson Crusoe.'.

Reference Number 813


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