1782 The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. In Four Volumes.
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Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
With engraved frontispieces. Complete in Four Volumes. Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his satirical humour. He wrote numerous satirical plays and novels including a parody of Samuel Richardson's novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, entitled Shamela. Tom Jones is considered Fielding's greatest work and is among the earliest English prose works describable as a novel. The text is part Bildungsroman and part Picaresque as it follows the hero Tom Jones against a background of biting social commentary. It features elements that were original for the time including that of sexual promiscuity.
In a full calf binding, recently rebacked, with the original boards. Externally, some shelfwear to the original boards. The inner hinges have been reinforced. Internally, firmly bound, with some foxing prominent to the first and last few pages, and the occasional spot or mark elsewhere.
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