1869 Rare Victorian Book - THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE illustrated.
Author : Defoe, Daniel.(J. D. Watson, illustrator).
Title : THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. With a portrait; and one hundred illustrations by J. D. Watson, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.
Publisher : London, George Routledge and Sons, 1869.
Language : Text in English.
Size : 9 " X 7 ".
Pages : xx-497-(2) pages.
Binding : Good and still attractive original publisher's blue pictorial cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, sailing ship and two portraits in gilt to both covers, beveled edges, all edges gilt (hinges worn but still tight, overall worn and scuffed, head and tail of spine worn and chipped - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Bound by Leighton Son and Hodge. See Ruari McLean, Victorian Publisher's Book-Bindings, page 111 for a full page illustration.
Content : Good content (bright and tight, foxing throughout mainly on preliminary and last pages - as shown, exlibris of William Scurfield Grey).
Illustrations : Including a nice portrait frontispiece and 100 beautiful illustrations by J(John) D(Dawson) Watson.
Estimate: (USD 400 - USD 500)
The book : Attractive and overall good copy of Robinson Crusoe in the rare blue variant of Leighton Son and Hodge binding.
The author: Daniel Defoe (1660 – 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Aphra Behn and Samuel Richardson, and is among the founders of the English novel. Defoe wrote many political tracts and often was in trouble with the authorities, including prison time. Intellectuals and political leaders paid attention to his fresh ideas and sometimes consulted with him.
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