1791 Life & Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe - 2 Vols - Full Lthr - Engraved Plates
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1791 Life & Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe - 2 Vols - Full Lthr - Engraved Plates:
AND STRANGE SURPRISING
Who lived Eight and Twenty Years all alone in an unin-
habited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth
of the Great River Oroonoque; having been cast on
Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished
An ACCOUNT how he was at last as strangely
delivered by PIRATES.
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.
LARGE FOLD-OUT MAP OF THE WORLD
LONDON: Printed For J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; B. Law; S. Bladon; J. Murray; W. Goldsmith; R. Baldwin; R. Faulder; J. Bew; Scatcherd and Whitaker; W. Lowndes, And G. and T. Wilkie. MDCCXCI. .
DIMENSIONS: approx. 7" x 4 1/4".
PAGES: Vol I: , iv + 5-288pp. Vol II: iv + 5-275pp. COMPLETE, Including Title Pages, Engraved Plates, Large Fold-Out "Map Of The World", Preface, etc.
ROBINSON CRUSOEis a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. This first edition credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. It was published under the considerably longer original title The 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. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is a fictional autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. The story is widely perceived to have been influenced by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on the Pacific island called "Más a Tierra" (in 1966 its name was changed to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. However, other possible sources have been put forward for the text. It is possible, for example, that Defoe was inspired by the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an earlier novel also set on a desert island. Another source for Defoe's novel may have been Robert Knox's account of his abduction by the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An Historical Account of the Island Ceylon," Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons (Publishers to the University), 1911. In his 2003 book In Search of Robinson Crusoe, Tim Severin contends that the account of Henry Pitman in a short book chronicling his escape from a Caribbean penal colony and subsequent shipwrecking and desert island misadventures, is the inspiration for the story. Arthur Wellesley Secord in his Studies in the narrative method of Defoe (1963: 21-111) painstakingly analyses the composition of Robinson Crusoe and gives a list of possible sources of the story, rejecting the common theory that the story of Selkirk is Defoe's only source. Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. Before the end of 1719 the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history, spawning numerous sequels and adaptations for stage, film, and television.
DANIEL DEFOE(1660 – 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy, now most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and, along with others such as Samuel Richardson, is among the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.
CONDITION: EnglishText. 2 Volumes Bound in Full Leather Bindings with Gold Gilted Design and Emblem Imprints on Spines (See Photos). ILLUSTRATED with Engraved Plates and Large Fold-Out Map of the World (See Photos). COMPLETE, Including Title Pages, Engraved Plates, Large Fold-Out "Map Of The World", Preface,etc (See Photos). Spines Contain Gold Gilted Bordering That Creates Compartments (See Photos). The Second Compartment Of Each Spine Contains a Leather Label with "ROBINSON CRUSOE" Imprinted in Gold Gilted Font (See Photos). The Fourth Compartment Of Each Spine Contains a Leather Label with the Volume Number, "VOL. I." or "VOL. II.", Respectively Imprinted in Gold Gilted Font (See Photos). The Other Compartments Contain Gold Gilted Emblem Imprints, Design and Bordering (See Photos). Leather Joints and Spine Cap and Bottoms Have Been Professionally Repaired, but Still With Wear and Scuffing on On Spines, Board Edges and Corners (See Photos). Strong External Leather Joints and Internal Hinges Due To Professional Repairs --- NICE & Tightly Bound (See Photos). Internal Pages are Crisp, Clean and Clear, and With Minimal Browning in Margins and Occasional Minor Foxing (See Photos). Page Fore Edges Slightly Offset In Places On Some Signatures (See Photos). Free of Bookplates, but Signature on Front Pastedown and Front Blank Page Showing This Volume Once Belonged to KEMBLE WHATLEY (See Photos). EARLY EXAMPLE OF DEFOE'S FAMOUS WORK THAT SHOULD CONTINUE TO APPRECIATE IN VALUE OVER TIME.