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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Roxana. 1756?]
The life and adventures of Roxana, the fortunate mistress; or, most unhappy wife. Containing: I. An account of her birth in France, and coming to England. II. Her marriage in London with a brewer, who ran out his estate, and left her in a destitute condition with five children. III. Her cohabiting with her landlord, their journey to Paris, where her gallant was robbed, and murdered. IV. Her being fell in love with by the Prince of --- by whom she had a son; her going with the Prince to the palace of Mendon, where she saw her husband, who had entered in the Gens d'arms guard. The Prince leaving her, &c. V. The dealings she had with a Dutch merchant and a Jew, the latter of whom wanted to defraud her of a great parcel of her jewels, her return, in a dangerous storm to England; her going afterwards to Rotterdam, where she sees the Dutch merchant, to whom she soon after became a bedfellow. VI. Her return to England again, living a great lady, where she had the name of Roxana. Her marriage with the Dutch merchant in London, who was naturalized, and created a baronet; the miseries she and her maid Amy fell afterwards into. Adorned with a curious print of Roxana, in her Turkish dress.
London: printed by C. Sympson, in Stonecutter-Street, Fleet-Market, [1756?].
356 p., engr. frontis. ; 17.0 cm. (8º in 4s)

Anonymous. By Daniel Defoe. First published in 1724 as The fortunate mistress, the only edition to appear during Defoe's lifetime. The popularity of the work is suggested by the addition of at least six continuations of the 1724 text in later editions, the earliest known of which is in the 1740 edition published by E. Applebee. A lengthy new continuation is found in the edition printed for C. Whitefield in 1745; another edition, printed for H. Owen and C. Sympson at his former premises at the Bible in Chancery Lane in 1755 (ESTC n25432), divides the text for the first time into twenty-two chapters and includes a long continuation related to the 1745 one but with interpolations extracted from Defoe's Tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain. The one-volume duodecimo edition printed for J. Cooke in 1765 (ESTC n33825) has a continuation including important changes and additions first made in the 1755 edition but omitting the rambling interpolations from the Tour. See P.N. Furbank and W.R. Owens, "The 'Lost' Continuation of Defoe's Roxana," Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 9:3, Article 3. (Available at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/ecf/vol9/iss3/3; accessed 30 March 2011.) The present undated edition is not in ESTC, and being some hundred pages shorter, is not a re-issue of the sheets of the 1755 edition; it may represent an intermediate edition between 1755 and 1765.

Copy Notes 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 'Roxana'. Cased (18.8 cm) to match the set.

Reference Number 786


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