Publisher: London: Printed for W. Johnston, 1753.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1913; Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, page 221; NCBEL II, 963.
Condition: Bindings a little rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 17127
Description2 vols, 12mo, modern speckled calf period style, red and green morocco labels, gilt decorations and lettering.
CommentsThe third novel by Tobias Smollett (1721-71), one of the great novelists of the 18th century, a tale of an "itinerant and totally amoral chameleon in a world dominated by chance" - DNB. In his eight-page dedication, Smollett states that his intent with his devious Ferdinand Count Fathom is to explain the mysteries of fraud. Later bookplate on the front paste-downs of William Burton Pearl.