“Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself": Elaborately bound and illustrated example of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
Item Number: 96102
London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1820.
Finely bound example of Defoe’s classic novel. Octavo, two volumes. Elaborately bound in full 19th century pebbled red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine and front panel, fleuron cornerpiece designs and central ornament within gilt frames to the front and rear panel, gilt titles to the spine, raised gilt bands, gilt turn ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Embellished with 22 engravings by C. Heath after designs by Thomas Stothard including frontispieces with tissue guards. This edition includes a lengthy introduction giving an account of Defoe’s life and works as well as plates which were re-engraved after the originals which were judged as inaccurate. In near fine condition. A stunning set.
"Robinson Crusoe is the most popular, delightful, and extraordinary of all Defoe's Works, and has lost none of its original attraction. Dr. Johnson observed, `nobody ever laid it down without wishing it were longer'" (Lowndes, 613-14).