Henry Fielding. Amelia. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1752.

    First edition. Four twelvemo volumes. xii, 285; viii, 262, [1, ad]; x, 323; viii, 296 pages.

    Uniformly bound by Riviere & Son in period speckled calf, gilt rules and fleurons, spines tooled in gilt including raised bands, black and red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, floral gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. Bound without the terminal blank in volume I and the ad leaf in volume II. A handsome copy of Fielding's last novel. The second impression, made in January 1752 (the first in December 1751), only recently made identifiable by the correction of a misprint at the fourth line of p. 191 of Volume III ("the at Folly" changed to "at the Folly").

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    "Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones end with the heroes and heroines about to embark on married life; in Amelia Captain and Mrs Booth have already enjoyed some happy years together, and the book is much concerned with married tenderness and family happiness. The character of Amelia, loving, forgiving, yet strong and spirited, is known to be a portrait of Fielding's wife Charlotte, who died in 1744, and the character of Captain Billy Booth clearly contains some elements of Fielding's own, although it altogether lacks his determination and industry. The book sold extremely well, but was attacked by many, led by Richardson and Smollet, and Fielding made alterations in later editions. It was his own favourite among all his books" (-The Oxford Companion to English Literature).


    Rothschild 853. Cross, III, p.321.

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