Publisher: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1752.
Edition: First edition, presumed second state with “at the Folly” on page 191, line four in volume 3.
Bibliographical References: Cross, pages 321-22; Rothschild 853.
Condition: Armorial bookplate of Leeds in vols 3 & 4; obviously a matched copy (vols 1 & 2 joined with 3 & 4), but very nicely done; very good copy.
Book ID: 19960
Description4 vols, 12mo, vols 1 & 2 in modern period style calf which closely matches the contemporary bindings on vols 3 & 4, brown morocco labels, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsFielding’s last novel which was published with high expectations following the success of Tom Jones, though it failed to live up to the pre-publication banter. Millar used two different printers and proclaimed in ads that “To satisfy the earnest demand of the publick, this work has been printed at four presses,” and as a consequence there are variations in the fonts used for volumes 1 & 3 and 2 & 4.