Item #231128003 The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling; A New Edition. Henry Fielding.
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling; A New Edition
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling; A New Edition

The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling; A New Edition

London: Printed for T. Longman et al, 1792. Leather bound. Three volumes (complete), duodecimo size, 1024 pp., in a full leather Stikeman binding. Near fine. Item #231128003

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) is often viewed as one of the founders of the traditional English novel - and, as proof that there were many different sides to this fascinating man, he also was one of those who founded the Bow Street Runners, the first professional police force in London.

"The History of Tom Jones" is considered Fielding's masterpiece; first published in 1749 it was an immediate best-seller, in the first year being printed four times. This work, stated on the title pages as "A New Edition", came out in 1792, with four illustrations engraved by Thomas Bonner, in an elegantly simple Stikeman binding.

___DESCRIPTION: Bound by Stikeman in full brown leather over boards, a narrow gilt double-ruled border on all boards, the spine compartments with the same ruled borders, title and volume number in two compartments and the other four with an elegant gilt decoration, publication date in gilt at the tails, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, all three volumes with a tasteful Ex-Libris, all three volumes with the half-title pages, four illustrations total (the frontis in each volume plus one in Volume I, facing p. 271); duodecimo size (7 1/4" by 4 1/4"), pagination: Vol. I, [i-v] vi-xxiii [1, blank] [1] 2-284; [i-v] vi-xii [1] 2-368; and Vol. III, [i-v] vi-xii [1] 2-324.

___CONDITION: Volumes near fine overall, with clean boards, the leather soft and supple, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors clean and bright, collated complete, and other than the Ex-Libris referred to above free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the top joints and some old, light dampstains in the guttar margins of a a few preliminary/final leaves; overall a lovely set.

___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.

___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.

Price: $500.00

See all items by