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[DEFOE, Daniel (ca. 1660-1731)]. The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. [with:] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; being the second and last part of his life. [and:] Serious Reflections during the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: with his vision of the angelick world. London: William Taylor, 1719-1720.
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[DEFOE, Daniel (ca. 1660-1731)]. The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. [with:] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; being the second and last part of his life. [and:] Serious Reflections during the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: with his vision of the angelick world. London: William Taylor, 1719-1720.

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[DEFOE, Daniel (ca. 1660-1731)]. The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. [with:] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; being the second and last part of his life. [and:] Serious Reflections during the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: with his vision of the angelick world. London: William Taylor, 1719-1720.

3 volumes, 8° (191 x 120mm; 198 x 120mm; 192 x 116mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Crusoe by Clark and Pine in volume I, folding engraved frontispiece map of the world in volume II, folding engraved frontispiece map of Crusoe's island by Clark and Pine in volume III. Titles to volumes II and III with woodcut vignette of a ship, woodcut head- and tailpieces in volume III. Advertisement leaves as called for at the end of each volume. (Quires X-Y in vol. I rather browned, text of vol. II with soiling and staining at margins, N1 with tear through catchword on verso and bottom line of text, R3-4 also torn at lower and R8 at outer margin, U5 with clean internal tear affecting 15 lines, the world map tipped onto front pastedown, some light marginal browning and waterstaining in volume III.) Contemporary calf, volumes I and II with similar but non uniform blind-panelling on sides, volume III with plain sides ruled by a single gilt fillet, spines of volume II and III with uniform gilt panels, spine of volume I non uniform but tooled in a similar style (?later near uniform red and green morocco lettering-pieces, vol. I rebacked with old spine laid down, joints of vols. II and III rubbed and slightly splitting, gilt spines slightly tarnished, edges of vol. I partially browned), early 20th-century brown morocco slipcase with hinged lid in the shape of three spines, gilt-lettered, inner compartments lined with green baise. Provenance: W. Vincent (probable first owner's inscription, dated 1719, on front free endpaper of vol. I) -- Joseph Goodall (armorial bookplate) -- Beverly Chew (armorial bookplate, sale Anderson Galleries, New York, 8 December 1924, lot 120, for $5350 to:) -- Jerome Kern (morocco label, sale Anderson Galleries, New York, 8 January 1929, lot 346 for $11,500) -- Paul Francis Webster (morocco label).

FIRST EDITION OF ALL THREE PARTS OF DEFOE'S MASTERPIECE. THE BEVERLY CHEW-JEROME KERN COPY, with the following issue points: the first part has a colon after 'London' on title-page [Hutchins's first state]; the first page of the preface ends with the word 'Men' and catchword 'always,' continuing with the words 'always apyly' on the next page [first state]; Z4r with the words 'Pilot' and 'Portuguese' correctly spelt [second state]; 12-line errata on Aa6v. The second part has A4v of the preface blank; 'Farthfr' for 'Farther' at the head of B1; and page 295 correctly numbered. The final part has the advertisement for the third edition of part one and the second edition of part two on A8v; 'w' in 'know' on F5r, line 13, misaligned; M5v, line 1, reading 'way with a'; no asterisk under 'out' on O1v; R3r with catchword 'from' with the 'm' aligned; S7v with the catchword 'A'. I2 is a cancel with the reading 'The selling or writing a Parable.'

The Life of Robinson Crusoe, written when Defoe was nearly 60, was published on 23 April 1719 with instant success. Seven editions appeared in the author's lifetime along with various piracies and abridgements, and Defoe's early experiment in fiction has never lost the narrative power that places it among the greatest and most enduringly popular novels. The Farther Adventures, published barely four months later on 18 August, described Crusoe's return to the island after a lapse of 'near seven years peace and enjoyment in the fulness of all things,' the hero's age having then reached 61. The final part, the Serious Reflections, appeared on 4 August 1720, almost a year after the second part. Although less widely read, it contains the map of Crusoe's island, and is to be valued for its sharp and penetrating analysis of man's natural state of 'solitude.' Grolier English 41; Furbank and Owens 201, 204 and 210; Hutchins Robinson Crusoe and its Printing 1719-1731 pp. 52, 97 and 122; Moore 412, 417 and 436; PMM 180; Rothschild 775. (3)
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