A Wonderful Set of Defoe’s Masterpiece
DEFOE, Daniel. Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. Who lived eight and twenty Years all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With an Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. Written by Himself. The Third Edition. London: Printed for W. Taylor , 1719.
Third edition (published the same year as the first edition), second issue (Hutchins “3c”) of volume I and First edition, first issue, second variant (Hutchins “B2”) of volume II.

Third edition (published the same year as the first edition), second issue (Hutchins “3c”), with the tail-piece on p. 364 being a Phoenix catchword on page 3 "Soci"; the head-piece for the advertisements (p. [365]) having no figures; and with the text on p. 14, lines 9-17 reading: “to bring the Boat near the Shore, we were able to see any thing, a great many People running along the Strand to assist us when we should come near, but we made slow way towards the Land, nor were able to reach the Shore...” Octavo (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 190 x 115 mm). [4], 364, [4, ads] pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Robinson Crusoe by Clark & Pine. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials.

Volume I of this work was so popular that it went through four editions within the first four months of it being printed.

[Together with:]

[DEFOE, Daniel]. The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; Being the Second and Last Part of his Life, and of the Strange Surprizing Accounts of his Travels Round three Parts of the Globe. Written by Himself. To which is added a Map of the World, in which is Delineated the Voyages of Robinson Crusoe. London: Printed by W. Taylor, 1719.

First edition, first issue, second variant (Hutchins “B2”), with the verso of leaf A4 blank and with “Breaking,” “Dif-/ference,” “Punish-/ment,” and “wanting” on the recto; with “Farther” on the recto of leaf B1. Octavo (7 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches; 195 x 120 mm). [8], 373, [11, ads] pp. Folding engraved map of the world facing p. [1]. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials.

Two volumes uniformly bound in full contemporary speckled calf. Rebacked to style, with original red morocco spine labels. Double-rule gilt border. Edges speckeled red and top edges dyed gray. Edges tooled in blind. Boards slightly warped. Corners lightly bumped. Signature O of volume II, slightly sprung. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. Some light toning, mainly to endpapers. Overall a very good set.

“After twenty years of enormously prolific pamphleteering, political and sectarian, sometimes in verse, Defoe suddenly disclosed a genius for devising a tale of adventure. The special form of adventure that he chose, and even the name of his hero, have been adopted by countless imitators...This influence is not yet dissipated, for much of science fiction is basically Crusoe’s island changed to a planet. At least equally relevant...is the figure of the lonely human being subduing the pitiless forces of nature; going back to nature, indeed, and portraying the ‘noble savage’ in a way that made the book required reading for Rousseau’s Emile. Robinson Crusoe has long since been more widely read in the abridged versions for young people, in which his breast-beating and philosophizing are less prominent than the footprint in the sand, Man Friday, the threatening savages, and the endless ingenuity and contrivance that make the hero’s life more tolerable. But the pious sections of the book are also relevant in the religious inferences drawn by Crusoe from his communings with nature” (Printing and the Mind of Man).

Crusoe 250 27. Grolier, 100 English, 41. Hutchins, pp. 74-96, 97-112. Printing and the Mind of Man 180. ESTC T72267

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