Place and Imprint: London: Printed for A. Millar, 1744.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T115675; NCBEL II, 995.
Condition: A married copy: Bookplates of Charles Spence, Dundee, and Peter Kirk Matthew on the front blanks of volume one; contemporary ownership signature on the title-page of volume one; neither the bookplates or the signature are present in volume two, the latter which is also somewhat cleaner (totally free of foxing, for instance) than volume one. But, a very good copy nonetheless.
Book ID: 28220
Physical 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."