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FIELDING, Henry (1707--1754)
[Works. 1784]
The works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with the life of the author. A new edition, in ten volumes. To which is now added, The fathers; or, the good-natured man. Vol. I (--X).
London: printed for W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons, T. Payne, S. Crowder, T. Longman, J. Robson, C. Dilly, G. Kearsly, G. Robinson, J. Johnson, T. Cadell, T. Lowndes, R. Baldwin, W. Cater, G. Nicol, S. Bladon, J. Murray, W. Otridge, J. Sewell, W. Lane, J. Bowen, and W. Fox, 1784.
10 vols ; 21.1 cm. (8º)
I: [4], 512 p., engr. frontis., engr. port.
II: [4], 480 p., engr. frontis.
III: [4], 528 p., engr. frontis.
IV: [4], 463, [1] p., engr. frontis.
V: [4], 427, [1] p., engr. frontis.
VI: xxvi, 534 p., engr. frontis., [1] pl.
VII: xiv, 537, [1] p., engr. frontis.
VIII: [4], 480 p., engr. frontis. : [1] wdcut illus.
IX: vii, [1], 431, [1] p., engr. frontis.
X: [4], 455 p., engr. frontis.

'An Essay On The Life And Genius Of Henry Fielding, Esq.' in vol. I is signed and dated: 'Arthur Murphy, Lincoln's Inn, 1762', from the first collected edition which was in four volumes; the portrait of Fielding is by James Basire after Hogarth. Engraved frontispieces to each volume by Joseph Collyer after Michael Angelo Rooker. Contents: Vol. I. Essay on the life and genius of Henry Fielding. Love in several masks. The temple beau. The author's farce; with a puppet-shew called The pleasures of the town. The coffee-house politician. The tragedy of tragedies. -- Vol. II. The letter-writers. The Grub-street opera. The modern husband. The mock doctor. The Covent-garden tragedy. The debauchess. The miser. -- Vol. III. The intriguing chambermaid. Don Quixote in England. The old man taught wisdom. The universal gallant. Pasquin. The historical register. Eurydice. Eurydice hiss'd. Tumble-down Dick. Miss Lucy in town. The wedding-day. -- Vol. V. The fathers. The life of Jonathan Wild. A journey from this world. -- Vol. VI. The history of Tom Jones. -- Vol. VII. The history of Tom Jones continued. -- Vol. VIII. Philosophical transactions. The first Olynthiac of Demosthenes. Of the remedy of affliction for the loss of our friends. A dialogue between Alexander the Great and Diogenes the Cynic. An interlude between Jupiter, Juno, Apollo and Mercury ... The true patriot. The Jacobite's journal. Amelia. -- Vol. IX. Amelia continued. -- Vol. X. The Covent-garden journal. A charge. A fragment of a comment on Lord Bolingbroke's essays. An enquiry into the causes of the late increase of robbers. ESTC t89845.

Copy Notes Occasional marginal pencil lines in the margins of Tom Jones (vols VI--VII). Front free-endpaper of vol. VII inscribed in ink with page reference Play 378, probably in Soane's hand. Soane made notes with page references on Fielding's Covent-Garden Journal in vol. X of this edition, transcribing a passage on p. 51, 'little things afford us truer symptoms of the dispositions of men, than great ones', with the comment 'apply this to arch[itecture]: when recommend[ing] attention to the most trifling parts of a building'. (Soane Case 172, 26 September 1815). Tissue-guards protect the frontispieces in vols II and VIII.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, red and green morocco spine-labels.

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