1778 A Tour through the Island of Great Britain
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Folding Maps, Folding Plates, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The four volume eighth edition of Daniel Defoe's account of his travels through Great Britain, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727. Providing a detailed account of the novelist's journeys around England, Scotland and Wales. The work identifies itself as 'particularly fitted for the perusal of such as desire to travel over the island'.
This was Defoe's most popular and financially successful work during his life time, with Samuel Richardson securing the rights to the second edition, and subsequently publishing all later editions with substantial revisions.
With folding map frontispieces to volumes I and IV. Collated, complete.
With a lengthy index to the rear of each volume.
ESTC reference no. T70856
With the former owner's inscription of Horne Drummond, dated 1821, to the front pastedown of two volumes, and a bookseller's stamp to the front endpaper of volume I.
In full calf bindings. Losses to leather back strip heads and tails, with vertical strips to back strips of two volumes. Rubbing and losses to board perimeters. Rear board of volume I detached, with front board loosely held, and tape repairs to both joints. Front and rear joints of remaining volumes starting, with tape reinforcements to each. Tape repairs to front and rear hinges of volumes I, II and IV, with these boards similarly tender. Former owner's inscription to front pastedowns of volume II and IV. Bookseller's stamp to front endpaper of volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally clean and bright, with the odd spot. Folding maps rebacked.
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