The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner, Volume One, 1726, by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe title page reads, “Who lived eight years and twenty years all alone in an un-inhabited 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 but himself. With an Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. Written by Himself. Adorned with cuts, in two volumes.”
This copy of Robinson Crusoe is the first volume of two and is the seventh edition. It lacks “The Father Adventures”. A very good copy of volume one and a rare edition. With full page black and white illustrations. Engraved frontispiece and 6 plates at pages 11, 28, 48, 195, 241 and 260 (the plates are the same as in the sixth edition). Bound in calf leather with replaced end papers. Seven gilt decorated raised bands on the spine. Pages: title page, preface, half of a world map, 1-294; collation: A-A2, B-N12, 0- 03. Advertisements not present at the end of the book (“Books” on the last page refers to the missing advertisements). Shelf wear to the edges of the book and a slightly frail front edge of the spine hinge. End papers have a pen inscription on the paste down. Small piece missing from the frontis illustration. The front pages are chipped on the edges. 1 cm tear and tiny corner missing on last page. Tiny corner of page 242 missing. Otherwise in very good condition internally. 6 x 3 3/4″ 155 x 95mm 12mo. 294 printed pages. See: Henry Clinton Hutchins, Robinson Crusoe and its Printing 1719-1731, A Bibliographical Study, page 86.