Publisher: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1744.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Block, The English Novel, page 74; NCBEL II, 995.
Condition: Some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 28220
Description2 vols, 12mo, recent brown half calf period style, marbled paper boards, black morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsThe first novel by Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), the sister of novelist Henry Fielding. In her Advertisement to the Reader, Fielding justifies her authorship - a profession not considered suitable for a well-bred woman - as necessary because of “distress in her circumstances," i.e., financial hardship; and she describes her story of the journey of David Simple, who is defrauded by dishonest relatives, denied his rightful inheritance and rejected in the world, as a "moral romance." Bookplates of Charles Spence, Dundee, and Peter Kirk Matthew on the front blanks.