1806 The Works of Henry Fielding
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
With a portrait frontispiece to volume one. Volume One to Three - Plays. Volume Four - Miscellaneous: The fathers; or, The good-natured man, a comedy, Jonathan Wild the Great, and A journey from this world to the next. Volume Five - Joseph Andrews and a Preface to David Simple. Volume Six to Seven - Fielding's most renowned work, Tom Jones. Volume Eight - Philosophical transactions for the year 1742 and 1743, The first Olynthiac of Demosthenes, Remedy of affliction for the loss of our friends, Dialogue between Alexander the Great, and Diogenes the Cynic, Interlude between Jupiter, Juno, Apollo, and Mercury, The true patriot, The Jacobite's journal and Amelia. Volume Nine - Amelia (cont.), Essay on conversation, and an Essay on the knowledge of the characters of men. Henry Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded (with his half-brother John) what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, using his authority as a magistrate. Fielding never stopped writing political satire and satires of current arts and letters. His Tragedy of Tragedies of Tom Thumb was, for example, quite successful as a printed play. He also contributed a number of works to journals of the day. He wrote for Tory periodicals, usually under the name of "Captain Hercules Vinegar". During the late 1730s and early 1740s Fielding continued to air his liberal and anti-Jacobite views in satirical articles and newspapers. With armorial bookplates of Major General Paget to the front pastedowns of each volume. Nine volumes of the original ten.
In contemporary speckled calf bindings with gilt designs to the spines. Externally, all volumes are rubbed to the spines and extremities. Six spine labels are absent and there is cracking to one of the spines. Private library bookplate and armorial bookplate to the front pastedown to every volume. Ten joints are starting. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound and extremely bright, although with instances of spotting and some light foxing throughout.
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