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Henry Fielding.

Published by A. Millar & T. Cadell, London.

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Item Description: A. Millar & T. Cadell, London. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1768, 330 pages, this is a near very good hardback copy in full brown leather covers, hinges weak, spine frayed. For any enquiries, please do get in touch. If you are ever in Bath, please visit our bookshop, Bath Old Books. Bookseller Inventory # 4072

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Item Description: A.Millar,London, 1750. The History of Tom Jones. A Foundling; Vol. II (containing Book VI to IX). No edition stated. First edition? Full leather binding of that time, gilt ornamentation and gilt title on spine. Only minor foxing, predominantly clean and fresh. Leather binding with omly very minor cracks, some discoloration on spine - overall a very attractive book! viii, 330 S. Henry Fielding (April 22, 1707 - October 8, 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. His greatest work was Tom Jones (1749), a meticulously constructed picaresque novel telling the convoluted and hilarious tale of how a foundling came into a fortune. Charlotte, on whom he later modeled the heroines of both Tom Jones and Amelia, died in 1744. Three years later Fielding - disregarding public opinion - married her former maid, Mary, who was pregnant. Despite this, his consistent anti-Jacobism and support for the Church of England led to him being rewarded a year later with the position of London's Chief Magistrate, and his literary career went from strength to strength. Fielding's lack of psychological realism (i.e. the feelings and emotions of his characters are rarely explored in any depth) can perhaps be put down to his overriding concern to reveal the universal order of things. It can be argued that his novel Tom Jones reflects its author's essentially neoclassical outlook-character is something the individual is blessed with at birth, a part of life's natural order or pattern. Characters within Fielding's novels also correspond largely to types; e.g. Squire Western is a typically boorish and uncultivated Tory squire, obsessed with fox hunting, drinking and acquiring more property. (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 13863K

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Item Description: A.Millar,London, 1750. The History of Tom Jones. A Foundling; Vol. III (containing Book X to XIII). No edition stated. First edition? Full leather binding of that time, gilt ornamentation and gilt title on spine. Only minor foxing, predominantly clean and fresh. Leather binding with omly very minor cracks, some discoloration on spine - overall a very attractive book! x, 288 S. Henry Fielding (April 22, 1707 - October 8, 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. His greatest work was Tom Jones (1749), a meticulously constructed picaresque novel telling the convoluted and hilarious tale of how a foundling came into a fortune. Charlotte, on whom he later modeled the heroines of both Tom Jones and Amelia, died in 1744. Three years later Fielding - disregarding public opinion - married her former maid, Mary, who was pregnant. Despite this, his consistent anti-Jacobism and support for the Church of England led to him being rewarded a year later with the position of London's Chief Magistrate, and his literary career went from strength to strength. Fielding's lack of psychological realism (i.e. the feelings and emotions of his characters are rarely explored in any depth) can perhaps be put down to his overriding concern to reveal the universal order of things. It can be argued that his novel Tom Jones reflects its author's essentially neoclassical outlook-character is something the individual is blessed with at birth, a part of life's natural order or pattern. Characters within Fielding's novels also correspond largely to types; e.g. Squire Western is a typically boorish and uncultivated Tory squire, obsessed with fox hunting, drinking and acquiring more property. (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 13871K

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The History of Tom Jones A Foundling: Fielding, Henry.

Fielding, Henry.

Published by Printed for A. Millar,, London (1763)

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Item Description: Printed for A. Millar,, London, 1763. Leather. A complete set for rebind. All boards present but detached, some of the blocks split. Interiors generally in nice clean condition with just occasional age staining. Weighs 1.3kg. P&P will be 50% more than standard rate quoted. See pics attached to get better idea of condition. Bookseller Inventory # 008620

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Fielding, Henry.

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Item Description: London, Millar, 1749. 8° Ledereinband. Leider nur der vierte von den vier Bänden der Erstausgabe. Recht schlichter (beriebener) Ganzledereinband. Kein Rückentitel, lediglich goldgeprägte Bandzählung. Die Ecken bestoßen. Auf dem Vorsatz Namenseintrag (leider mit Kugelschreiber). Vorsätze und erste und letzte Seiten leimschattig. Sonst guter Zustand Deutsch 400g. Bookseller Inventory # 123079

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Henry Fielding

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Item Description: A. Millar, London, 1763. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. A. Millar, 1763. Four volumes bound in contemporary leather with five raised bands to the spines, with gold lining and titles in gilt on leather spine labels. The bindings are in good condition, volume one lacking one spine label, and has some loss to the leather at the head of the spine. The leather over the hinges of volumes 1 to 3 are cracked or cracking, but the boards are still very firmly attached. Volume four has been re-backed with the original spine labels laid on. Internally the books are in very good condition, with one owner name on the ffep and title page of each volume, in an 18th century hand, occasional light toning of pages, occasional light scattered foxing, but mainly clean. A nice early copy of this wonderful novel. 17cm, 6.75 inches, tall, Vol. I, 304 pages, Vol. II, 330 pages, Vol. III, 288 pages, Vol. IV, 347 pages. Photos available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 000971

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FIELDING, Henry.

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Item Description: Printed for A.Millar;, 1763. Hardcover. 12mo. Four hardbacks set. Each volume has each around 300pp. A smart modern rebound set, with brown cloth boards, quarter calf-leather bindings with gilt spine titles. A contemporary name on title pages ('Samuel Warren') and a loosely laid in note lists information about who he may have been. Bindings very firm. Some occasional foxing and minor wear, otherwise a Very Good+ set. Scans available on request. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 28582

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Henry Fielding, Esq.

Published by Printed for A. Millar, over-against Catherine-street in the Strand [London] (1750)

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Item Description: Printed for A. Millar, over-against Catherine-street in the Strand [London], 1750. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. Four volumes, 12mo (borderline 16mo at exactly 6 3/4"), calf, probably rebacked (matched to original boards) with 5 raised bands and debossed gilt titling to spines. 304, 330, 288, 347 pp. Fits descr. of 1749 edition but has MDCCL [1750] on the title page. Rear endpaper of v.1 appears replaced; others period laid paper. Aside from some age-toning and occasional light foxing, light bumping and minor chipping to the corner edges, an exceptionally clean and handsome set. Leather is supple, not dried out. Other photos available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 00451v

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FIELDING, Henry

Published by LONDON, MILLAR, 1768 (1768)

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Item Description: LONDON, MILLAR, 1768, 1768. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 4 VOLS; FULL GILT STAMPED BROWN CALF EARLY EDITION VERY GOOD-FINE. Bookseller Inventory # 2374

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FIELDING, Henry

Published by A. Millar 1750 [but 1749], London (1750)

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Item Description: A. Millar 1750 [but 1749], London, 1750. [Fourth Edition]. 4 volumes; 12mo (16.75cm.); full contemporary double gilt-ruled calf, gilt-tooled spines in 6 compartments, red and black spine labels. Boards a bit rubbed, shallow oxidization stain to bottom edge of Vol. 4 affecting approximately 25 middle leaves, else a Very Good, attractive set. Fourth edition published in December of 1749, the same year as the first. ESTC N17090. Bookseller Inventory # 23105

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Fielding, Henry

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Item Description: A. Millar, London, 1749. Leather. Book Condition: Good. 3rd edition, complete in four volumes, published the same year as the first edition. 304, 330, 288, 347pp., bound in full contemporary calf, old rebacking to match, covers rubbed with spine tips and corners worn, chipping to spine tips of volumes 1 and 4, internally only very lightly age toning, no foxing otherwise a nice set. Vol. 1 front exterior joint on the front has some give to it, but holding. Bookseller Inventory # fi.0923

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FIELDING, Henry.

Published by London: Printed for A. Millar 1749. (1749)

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Item Description: London: Printed for A. Millar 1749., 1749. 6 vols., 12mo.; a very good, crisp copy in contemporary mottled calf, rather dry, spines rubbed, joints cracking but sound.Second edition, although not so designated, the errata corrected and the errata leaf in volumeI omitted (the 'Contents' extended to c8 recto to fill the gap). The first edition (2000 copies) was almost completely subscribed before publication when this second edition (1500 copies) was ordered. Both editions were in circulation on 28 February, the date of publication.Cross, III, pp. 316-7. Language: English. Bookseller Inventory # G1696

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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling: Fielding Henry

Fielding Henry

Published by A. Millar, London (1749)

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Item Description: A. Millar, London, 1749. Hardcover (Quarter Leather). Book Condition: Very Good Condition. Second Edition. 6 volumes in modern calf backed marbled boards with added endpapers - attractively rebound. The Second Edition, the same year as the first (the first was oversubscribed - what publishers now refer to as second printing before publication) with the errors corrected. Scattered foxing, a few minor stains, the title for volume 3 a little grubby and trimmed - a clean, attractive set overall. Along with Tristram Shandy, Humphrey Clinker and Pamela, a foundation of the English novel (and only the epistolary novel Pamela, roundly mocked by Fielding with his Shamela in 1741, was published first). Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Literature & Literary; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 044429. Bookseller Inventory # 044429

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Henry Fielding

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Item Description: A. Millar, 1749. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. This is the first edition of Henry Fielding’s great epic novel, THE HISTORY OF TOM JONES, A FOUNDLING, published in six volumes by A. Millar in London in 1749. This work is bound in mottled calf with gilt borders, gilt tooling on the spine, and gilt lettering on the two spine labels. It lacks the errata sheet sometimes found in Volume I. This work is a milestone in English literature, the first fictional biography, adorned with the author’s guiding and insightful words as the life of Tom Jones unfolds. A century later Charles Dickens would bring this literary form to its pinnacle in his own great works. Humor and serious reflection stand side by side in this work; in Dickens it was only the second part of this pair that remained, with the first part often replaced by Dickens’ scenes of squalor and depravity. All six volumes are in fine to near-fine condition. There is some rubbing of the leather to the corners of some of the volumes, some creasing of the spine ends, some reinforcement to the front hinge in Volume I, and except for two very interesting bookplates on the front pastedown in Volume I, there is no writing, marking, or attachments throughout. It is almost as if no one ever read this copy! This is a very important work of English literature and belongs in any such collection. Bookseller Inventory # 501B

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FIELDING, Henry

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Item Description: A. Millar, London, 1749. Hardcover. Second Edition. Six volumes bound in early full paneled calf leather with gilt-decorated boards and elaborately gilt-decorated spines with contrasting morocco spine labels: lxiii, [i], 214; [2] 324; [2] 370; [2] 312; [2] 294; [2] 304 pages. Binding with the small leather label on the front pastedown of Charles Lewis, one of the best bookbinders of the early 19th century and employer of Francis Bedford, who took over Lewis's shop after his death. Considered to be the first true novel in English. Second edition, printed from reset type of the first edition, correcting a number of minor mistakes. Cross III, pages 316-317. Often mistakenly referred to as the second issue of the first edition. Probably printed on 13 April 1749, the first edition having been printed only about a month prior, with the errata corrected and the table of contents for all six volumes preceding the text in the first volume. Both editions were in circulation on the date of publication. Cross describes the need for this edition so soon after the first: "Immediate revision was rendered imperative on account of the numerous errors that crept into the text owing to the haste with which the novel had been at last put through the press. Type and paper are the same and the paging is kept uniform with the edition having the errata. The table of contents is re-spaced so as to extend into the page formerly given to the errata. Scores of individual pages differ either in the number of lines or in the last words and phrases." Light, scattered foxing. Rubbing to joints, covers firm. Near Fine in a handsome Charles Lewis binding. Bookseller Inventory # 017300

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Item Description: A. Millar, London, 1749. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 2nd Edition. Second edition (published in the same year as the first, with corrections) of Fielding's masterpiece. Besides being an extremely prolific writer, Henry Fielding was a successful magistrate, founder of the Metropolitan Police, and pioneer of the comic novel. Tom Jones, the book that established this idea of the comic novel, received very mixed reviews upon publication: Sameul Taylor Coleridge said of him, "And how charming, how wholesome, Fielding always is! To take him up after Richardson, is like emerging from a sick room heated by stoves, into an open lawn.", while Samuel Johnson wrote "Sir, there is more knowledge of the heart in one letter of Richardson's, than in all Tom Jones." Nonetheless, "Such was the demand that all 2,500 copies in print had already been sold by the date announced for its a official publication, a phenomenon that one observer believed to be 'an unheard-of case.' Tom Jones quickly sold 10,000 copies, making it one of the great best-sellers of its time; it has never since been out of print." (John Allen Stevenson, The Real History of Tom Jones). London: A. Millar, 1749. 12mo, contemporary full calf rebacked. 6 vols. Only very minor occasional foxing. A very clean, handsome set. Bookseller Inventory # 977

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Fielding (Henry)

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Item Description: Printed for A. Millar, 1749. FIRST EDITION, 3 wood engraved tail-pieces, errata leaf present in vol. i (see note), gathering E in vol. i misbound with pp. 81-88 between 92 and 93, final blanks present in vols. i and iii, occasional slight browning, and the odd minor stain here and there, textblock in 2 vols. cracked, with corresponding cracks in spine of binding, and a similar tendency in all vols., pp. lxii, [i, Errata], 214, [2, blank]; [i], 324; [i], 324; [i], 370 plus final blank leaf; [i], 312; [i], 294; [i], 304, 12mo, contemporary (publisher's) sprinkled calf, new red lettering pieces, joints cracked but cords firm, hinge of vol. vi invisibly reinforced, various bookplates and inscriptions of the Farquhars of Gilmilnescroft (Ayrshire), sound. Fielding's masterpiece, widely regarded as the greatest English novel of the eighteenth century. The question of cancelled leaves in this novel has exercised bibliographers for decades, but Hugh Amory's article in Harvard Library Bulletin (Volume 25, 1977) confirms that the cancellans usually number twenty-four (twelve single leaves plus the whole of signature O in volume three). The numerous errors which occurred in the text are a result of its hasty printing; demand for the novel forced publisher and author into print before they were properly ready. The fact that volume six, which contains some of the most glaring errors, is not included in the errata suggests that not only was Millar unable to bind fast enough to keep up with demand, but also that he did not wait for either proof readers or Fielding to read the last volume. The entire first edition of 2,000 copies was immediately bought up by the London trade, necessitating a second edition very quickly. Both Cross and Jensen support the view that the second edition was in hand at about the same time as the sixth volume of the first edition went to press. The latter goes further and suggests that the second edition may even have been printed before publication of the first. The most obvious difference is that the errata leaf in volume one is omitted and the re-spaced Contents extends into the page which it formerly occupied. Cross concludes that 'Tom Jones, as the novel [first] appeared in February, is a most rare book.' (Cross Vol.2, pp.117-22 and Vol.3, pp. 316-17: Jensen. Proposals for a Definitive Edition of Fielding's Tom Jones. The Library, 4th Ser., Vol.XVIII, p.314 et seq.: Rothschild 850). Bookseller Inventory # 49946

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FIELDING, Henry

Published by London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749 (1749)

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Item Description: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749, 1749. The True First Edition of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones Bound by The Guild of Women BindersFIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749.First edition, first issue, with the errata leaf (c8 recto) in Volume I and with the errata uncorrected. Six twelvemo volumes (6 3/16 x 3 13/16 inches; 158 x 96 mm.). lxii, [1, errata], [1, blank], 214; [2], 324; [2], 370; [2], 312; [2], 294; [2], 304 pp. Bound without the final blanks in Volume I (K12), and Volume III (R12). With all of the cancels called for by Rothschild: B9 and B10 in Volume I; B4, B5, and N12 in Volume II; H8, H9, H10, M3, and Q11 in Volume III; and N8 in Volume V. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces.Bound ca. 1900 by The Guild of Women Binders (stamp-signed on lower front turn-ins in full brown crushed levant morocco. Covers double-ruled in blind, spines with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments, turn-ins ruled in blind, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. With the maroon morocco armorial book-plate of Fleming Crooks on each paste-down. Front joint of volume one expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Volume I, F6 & F7 (pp.107-110), neatly repaired in lower gutter and margins; Volume II, E8 (pp. 87/88) with a small marginal 'tape' repair, just touching a few letters on recto; Volume III, K3 (pp. 185/186) with a very small marginal tear; Volume IV, G5 (pp. 129/130) with a tiny marginal tear. Some mainly marginal and neatly repaired worm tracks affecting blank margins and a few letters on I 10 through O 12 (pp. 187 through end); Volume VI with a small neat repair to the blank lower corner of C 10 (pp. 35/36). The majority of the errata in volume one has been corrected in a neat contemporary hand. Despite the aforementioned minor flaws, this is a very nice copy of the real first edition in a very understated binding by the Guild of Women Binders."One of the three most perfect plots ever penned" (Coleridge).For the story of the four editions published in 1749, see Cross II, pp. 120-125: "At first sight the second edition in six volumes differs from the first only in the absence of errata? Close inspection, however, reveals the story of what happened. The table of contents is re-spaced so as to extend into the page formerly given to the errata; the first volume has a new tailpiece; the title-page of the fifth volume ends in a misprint; and most, though not all, of the slips made by the author and compositor have been corrected, including, with two exceptions, those contained in the errata." Cross concludes that the type was reset for the entire novel after the publication of the present edition, and that the next edition, sometimes called the "first edition, second issue," is in fact a second edition.The Guild of Women Binders, established by bookseller Frank Karslake, marketed bindings from 1898-1904.Cross III, pp. 316-317. Grolier, 100 English, 48. Rothschild 850-851. Sterling 360. Bookseller Inventory # 03436

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The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.: Fielding, Henry

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Item Description: Printed for A. Millar, London, 1749. First edition, first issue. One of a first printing run of only 2,000 copies with errata leaf in Volume I, the errata uncorrected, and all cancels and final blanks, K12 in Volume I and R12 in Volume III (Rothschild 850). Finely bound in full crushed morocco by Bayntun, with red and black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, raised bands, blind-stamped inner dentelles. A very nice set of first editions, finely bound by Bayntun. "The book is generally regarded as Fielding’s greatest, and as one of the first and most influential of English novels" (Drabble, 988). "Such was the demand that all 2,500 copies in print had already been sold by the date announced for its official publication, a phenomenon that one observer believed to be 'an unheard-of case.' Tom Jones quickly sold 10,000 copies, making it one of the great best-sellers of its time; it has never since been out of print." (John Allen Stevenson, The Real History of Tom Jones). Bookseller Inventory # 3894

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Item Description: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749., 1749. Six volumes. lxii,[2(errata)],214; [2],324; [2],370,[blank]; [2],312; [2],294; [2],304pp. 12mo. Early 20th century speckled calf, spines gilt extra, gilt labels, a.e.g. Joints a trifle rubbed, but sound, bookplate tipped in first volume, small marginal adhesion flaw to III:G12 and natural paper flaw affecting a couple letters to III:H6; small marginal spot to three leaves in vol. VI, otherwise a very good, or better, set. First edition of Fielding's masterpiece, and one of the key 18th century novels. The first edition consisted of 2000 copies, and these were virtually all spoken for prior to the formal day of publication. The copies of the first edition are distinguished, as here, by the presence of the page of errata following the table of contents in the first volume. The errata were corrected and the page taken over by the enlargement of the contents in the unmarked second edition of 1500 copies, which was ordered after the first edition was exhausted. Both editions were in circulation on the formal publication day of 28 February. This set exhibits the usual cancels and B5 in volume VI is unsigned. CROSS III:317. ROTHSCHILD 850-1. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 48. ESTC T1947. Bookseller Inventory # WRCLIT 65253

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Item Description: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1749., 1749. Six volumes. lxii,[2(errata)],214,[blank]; [2],324; [2],370,[blank]; [2],312; [2],294; [2],304pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked to style, raised bands, gilt labels. Engraved armorial bookplate in each volume ("E Cura Quies" signed AB), offset to margins of prelims and endleaves from binding, small red ink smudge on title of volume 6, otherwise a very good set. First edition of Fielding's masterpiece, and one of the key 18th century novels. The first edition consisted of 2000 copies, and these were virtually all spoken for prior to the formal day of publication. The copies of the first edition are distinguished, as here, by the presence of the page of errata following the table of contents in the first volume. The errata were corrected and the page taken over by the enlargement of the contents in the unmarked second edition of 1500 copies, which was ordered after the first edition was exhausted. Both editions were in circulation on the formal publication day of 28 February. This set exhibits the usual cancels as noted in Rothschild, and B5 in volume VI is unsigned. CROSS III:317. ROTHSCHILD 850-1. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 48. NCBEL II:930. ESTC T1947. Bookseller Inventory # WRCLIT 69696

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FIELDING, HENRY

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Item Description: Printed for A. Millar, London, 1749. 165 x 102 mm. (6 1/2 x 4"). Six volumes. FIRST EDITION, First State, with all points noted by Cross and Rothschild. FINE LATE 19TH CENTURY MOTTLED CALF IN THE STYLE OF THE PERIOD BY RIVIERE AND SON (stamp-signed on the front flyleaf of each volume), covers with double fillet borders and rosette corners, raised bands with dotted ruling, spine compartments with palmettes within lobed panels at top and bottom, curled tool cornerpieces, and other small ornaments, densely gilt-rolled turn-ins with dogtooth border, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (each volume very expertly rejointed). Faint contemporaneous owner's signature (of Richard Bayne?). Cross III, 316-17; Rothschild 850. Very tip of corners worn, a bit of rubbing along edges, text a shade less than bright (isolated gathering with a little darker overall toning), but a very pleasing set, the decorative bindings with no serious condition issues, and the text fresh and smooth. This is a tastefully bound copy of Fielding's 18th century classic and a landmark publication, here complete in the first issue of its first edition. As Cross says, "No one before Fielding had ever written a novel comparable with his in its reliance upon contemporary facts of human nature, and this brilliant and innovative narrative met with such immediate commercial success that the first printing [of 1749] was sold out before its printing could be finished, and at least four more editions were published in the same year as the first." The work is divided into 18 books, each preceded by an introductory essay (wherein can be found some of Fielding's best prose) on some theme more or less connected with the story, in the manner subsequently adopted by Thackeray and George Eliot. The plot begins with the finding and raising of Tom by Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and then follows Tom's adventures, many amorous, after his banishment from the Allworthy house prompted by bad behavior. In the comic ending, mysteries are revealed and relationships set aright. Day says this was the first avowed novel in English (Fielding's precursor, Defoe, claimed his stories were true and Richardson said that his were akin to sermons), and a work that some still call the greatest novel in English because of its attention to characters set against the backdrop of society. Our first issue set has the errata uncorrected in the first five volumes, and volume VI is also in the first state because leaf [B5] is unsigned. The title to volume V is of the earliest setting, with the motto reading "Mores Hominum Multorum." This is a tastefully bound copy of Fielding's 18th century classic and a landmark publication, here complete in the first issue of its first edition. As Cross says, "No one before Fielding had ever written a novel comparable with his in its reliance upon contemporary facts of human nature, and this brilliant and innovative narrative met with such immediate commercial success that the first printing [of 1749] was sold out before its printing could be finished, and at least four more editions were published in the same year as the first." The work is divided into 18 books, each preceded by an introductory essay (wherein can be found some of Fielding's best prose) on some theme more or less connected with the story, in the manner subsequently adopted by Thackeray and George Eliot. The plot begins with the finding and raising of Tom by Squire Allworthy and his sister Bridget and then follows Tom's adventures, many amorous, after his banishment from the Allworthy house prompted by bad behavior. In the comic ending, mysteries are revealed and relationships set aright. Day says this was the first avowed novel in English (Fielding's precursor, Defoe, claimed his stories were true and Richardson said that his were akin to sermons), and a work that some still call the greatest novel in English because of its attention to characters set against the backdrop of society. Our first issue set has the errata uncorrected in t. Bookseller Inventory # ST12780b

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The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.: Fielding, Henry

Fielding, Henry

Published by Printed for A. Millar, London (1749)

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Item Description: Printed for A. Millar, London, 1749. First edition. President Theodore Roosevelt's copy, with his arms "Qui plantavit curabit" bookplate to each pastedown. Small octavo, six volumes. Bound in full calf. All edges gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spines, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. With the errata leaf present in vol. I and with most called for cancels: Vol. I: B9, 10; Vol. II: N12; Vol. III: H8-10, M3; Vol. IV: B1, Vol. V: N8. [without the cancels at B4 and 5 in vol. II and Q11 in vol. III]. Light wear to the extremities. An exceptional set with fine provenance. "The book is generally regarded as Fielding’s greatest, and as one of the first and most influential of English novels" (Drabble, 988). "Such was the demand that all 2,500 copies in print had already been sold by the date announced for its official publication, a phenomenon that one observer believed to be 'an unheard-of case.' Tom Jones quickly sold 10,000 copies, making it one of the great best-sellers of its time; it has never since been out of print." (John Allen Stevenson, The Real History of Tom Jones). Bookseller Inventory # 3802

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Item Description: for A Millar, London, 1749. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF FIELDING'S MASTERPIECE. Besides being an extremely prolific writer, Henry Fielding was a successful magistrate, founder of the Metropolitan Police, and pioneer of the comic novel. Tom Jones, the book that established this idea of the comic novel, received very mixed reviews upon publication: Sameul Taylor Coleridge said of him, "And how charming, how wholesome, Fielding always is! To take him up after Richardson, is like emerging from a sick room heated by stoves, into an open lawn.", while Samuel Johnson wrote "Sir, there is more knowledge of the heart in one letter of Richardson's, than in all Tom Jones." Nonetheless, "Such was the demand that all 2,500 copies in print had already been sold by the date announced for its a official publication, a phenomenon that one observer believed to be 'an unheard-of case.' Tom Jones quickly sold 10,000 copies, making it one of the great best-sellers of its time; it has never since been out of print." (John Allen Stevenson, The Real History of Tom Jones). First edition, with the errata leaf in vol. 1, and cancels B9-10 (I), B4-5 (II), H8-10, M3(III) and N8 (V). Rothschild 850. London: A. Millar, 1749. 12mo, contemporary full calf rebacked. 6 vols. With handsome bookplate of noted collector Arthur Wilmer Lissauer on front pastedown. Light wear to bindings, very minor occasional foxing. A very handsome set. Bookseller Inventory # 790

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