Rare First Edition, First Issue of Fielding's MasterstrokeHenry Fielding. The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. London: Printed for A. Millar, 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) as noted in Rothschild 850. Six sixteenmo volumes.
Nineteenth-century full mottled calf with red and black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt inside five raised bands. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed in a custom black cloth slipcase. Mild shelf wear with some rubbing to the joints. Volume I rebacked with the spine laid down, and a few other volumes with very minor repairs to joints. Previous owner's bookplates affixed to the front pastedowns of each volume. Pages somewhat toned, but overall a clean, fresh copy in very good condition.
"[Tom Jones] is generally regarded as Fielding's greatest, and as one of the first and most influential of English novels" (Drabble, 988).
Grolier English 48. Randall and Winterich, 1200.
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