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    [Daniel Defoe]. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years All Alone in an Uninhabited 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 Delivered By Pyrates, Written by Himself. London: John Stockdale, 1790.

    First Stockdale edition. Tall octavo. Complete in two volumes. 389; 456 pages plus ads. Illustrations by Thomas Stothard. Vol. II includes an 85-page essay by George Chalmers titled "The Life of Daniel De Foe"; with portrait of De Foe by Thomas Medland and bibliography.

    Full mottled calf with ornate gilt decorations to spine. Gilt titles to red leather label on spine and gilt decorative border to covers and edges of boards. Marbled endpapers. Leather is worn and rubbed, and spines have darkened considerably. Foxing and offsetting to pages preceding, containing, and following illustrated plates. Armorial bookplate of Conolly McCausland (1754-1822) on front pastedown of each volume, another armorial bookplate of Peter Digges La Touche on verso of first free endpaper of Vol. II (one appears to have been removed from the same page of Vol. I). Considering their age, this is a very good set of exceptionally sturdy books.


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