The Beggar Boy: A Novel in Three Volumes. By the Late Mr. Thomas Bellamy.

Place and Imprint: Alexandria: Printed by Cottom and Stewart, Booksellers, 1802.
Edition: First American edition.
Bibliographical References: American Bibliography 1860; cf. Garside & Schöwerling 1801:15 for the English edition.
Condition: Binding rubbed and worn; label chipped; moderately foxed and stained; conrer of one leaf torn, with loss to about seven lines of text, but not the sense; a good copy.
Book ID: 27515

Physical Description

3 vols in 1, as issued, 12mo, contemporary sheep, red morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Separate title-pages for volumes 2 & 3, but the pagination is continous.


The first American edition of the only novel by Thomas Bellamy, the picaresque tale of a young boy, Alfred, who is abandoned by his mother and lives through numerous "calamitous vicissitudes," but in the end is saved by a generous family. The Beggar Boy was left unfinished at Bellamy's death, and his friend the novelist Elizabeth Sarah Villa-Real Gooch completed the work, as noted by her in the preface.

Price: $350.00