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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Roxana. 1775]
The history of Mademoiselle de Beleau; or, the new Roxana, the fortunate mistress: afterwards Countess of Wintselsheim. Published by Mr. Daniel De Foe. And from papers found, since his decease, it appears was greatly altered by himself; and from the said papers, the present work is produced.
London: printed for the editor; and sold by F. Noble, and T. Lowndes, 1775.
[2], 10, 288 p., engr. frontis. ; 15.7 cm. (12º)

First published in 1724 as The fortunate mistress, the only edition to appear during Defoe's lifetime. The present edition, the first to name Defoe on the title-page, has been reworked with the addition of a sentimental continuation to provide a happy ending, and furnished with a preface purporting to by the elderly Defoe dated 'Islington, August 9, 1730', explaining the first edition's alterations to the original 'genuine papers' which are now restored and made public by the editor. Francis Noble was the proprietor of a circulating library in High Holborn who became a prolific publisher of formulaic novels probably by hired writers, including recycled Defoe texts cleaned up for a more genteel readership. See P.N. Furbank and W.R. Owens, 'Defoe and Francis Noble', Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 4:4, Article 3. (Available at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/ecf/vol4/iss4/3; accessed 30 March 2011.) ESTC t70632.

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

Reference Number 781


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