(London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1820). 254 x 159 mm. (10 x 6 1/4"). Two volumes.
Pleasing late 19th century dark green three-quarter morocco, raised bands, spines gilt in compartments with nautical centerpieces, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Engraved title page vignettes and 20 plates (including frontispiece) by Charles Heath after Thomas Stothard, all of the engraved material done on India paper and mounted. A Large Paper Copy. Lowndes I, 614. Spines uniformly faded to olive (vague fading also to parts of the leather on the sides of the volumes), extremities just very sightly rubbed, isolated mild marginal foxing, short closed tear to fore edge of one title page, otherwise a fine copy, the bindings with no significant wear, the leaves clean and fresh, and the engravings with none of the expected foxing.
This edition includes a long introduction giving an account of Defoe's life and works. The plates here have been re-engraved after the earlier illustrations were judged as poor and inaccurate. DNB says that Stothard (1755-1834) "illustrated almost the whole range of English literature with a taste that seldom failed and a sympathy that was often remarkable," attaining "a place which is second to none for invention and grace." He was a close friend of Blake, and his work often resembles that of his more famous colleague. (ST12419a)
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