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RICHARDSON, Samuel (1689--1761)
[Clarissa. 1748]
Clarissa. Or, the history of a young lady: comprehending the most important concerns of private life. And particularly shewing the distresses that may attend the misconduct both of parents and children, in relation to marriage. Published by the editor of Pamela. Vol. I (-- VII).
London: printed for S. Richardson: and sold by A. Millar: J. and Ja. Rivington: John Osborn; and by J. Leake, at Bath, 1748.
7 vols ; 16.5 cm. (12º)
I: xii, 312 p.
II: [2], 309, [1] p., [1] pl. engr. music
III: [2], 366 p.
IV: [2], vi, 362 p.
V: [2], 378 p.
VI: [2], 405, [1] p.
VII: [2], 432 p.

Anonymous. The 'Editor of Pamela' = Samuel Richardson. The running-title reads 'The History of Miss Clarissa Harlowe'. The first edition of Richardson's masterpiece, an epistolary novel building on the success of Pamela, first published 1740--1741 (6th ed. 1742, q.v.). The first two volumes were issued in November 1747, the third and fourth in April 1748 and the last three on 6 December 1748. Volume II has a final page of bookseller's advertisements. Volumes III--VII bear the imprint: 'London: printed for S. Richardson: and sold by John Osborn; Andrew Millar; J. and J. Rivington; and by J. Leake, at Bath' except vol. IV has 'J. and Ja. Rivington'. The Soane copy as described has volumes III and IV in the first state with the three leaves of preface intended for vol. III between the titlepage and text of vol. IV, as printed (they were intended to be removed by the binder and inserted in their proper place in vol. III). See W.M. Sale, Samuel Richardson: master printer, Cornell University Press, 1950. A copy of Clarissa Harlowe (possibly this one) was in Soane's hands around 1776, when he transcribed some passages in a notebook of 'Extracts from various Authors' (Soane Case 139). ESTC t58992; Sale 32.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt double-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

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