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RICHARDSON, Samuel (1689--1761)
Pamela: or, virtue rewarded. In a series of familiar letters from a beautiful young damsel to her parents: and afterwards, in her exalted condition, between her, and persons of figure and quality, upon the most important and entertaining subjects, in genteel life. In four volumes. Publish'd in order to cultivate the principles of virtue and religion in the minds of the youth of both sexes. The sixth edition, corrected. And embellish'd with copper plates, design'd and engrav'd by Mr. Hayman and Mr. Gravelot. ...
London: printed for S. Richardson; and sold by J. Osborn; and John Rivington, 1742.
4 vols ; 20.3 cm. (8º)
I: viii, xxxvi, 407, [1] p., [7] pl.
II: [4], 438, [2] p., [7] pl.
III: [4], 516 p., [7] pl.
IV: [4], 494, [2] p., [7] pl.

Anonymous. By Samuel Richardson. Volumes I and II were first published in 1740; volumes III and IV are of the third edition, the instant commercial success of the first two volumes having prompted spurious continuations (as well as imitations and parodies) and led Richardson to publish his own third and fourth volumes in 1741. See W.M. Sale, Samuel Richardson: master printer, Cornell University Press, 1950: 'The third edition of vols III and IV was published with the sixth edition of vols I and II in May, 1742'. Richardson's first novel grew out of his commission by the booksellers Osborn and Rivington to write a letter manual, and is considered the first English novel of sentimental analysis, launching a European fashion for epistolary novels. Volume I includes '... An Ample Table of Contents; Being, An Epitome of the whole Work'. The Royal Licence is printed before each title page. Publishers' advertisements at the end of vol. II and vol. IV. ESTC t128629; Sale, 10 (Vols I, II) and Sale, 17 (Vols III, IV).

Copy Notes Front pastedowns inscribed in ink TB 553; that to vol. I additionally inscribed in pencil 1/11/6 1808, possibly by Soane.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spines, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 754


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