1844 The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling. By Henry Fielding, Esq. With the life of the author. In two volumes.
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Two volumes bound in one. Henry Fielding was a novelist and playwright, born in 1707. Alongside his prolific writing, Fielding was also a magistrate, who created a form of policing in London, named the Bow Street Runners. First published in 1749 'The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling', was one of the first work of English prose to be classified as a novel. This comic work explores themes of virtue, lust, class and social status, as the reader see the protagonist Tom Jones, negotiate life as an illegitimate man. Known for his fiercely satirical voice, this work is widely considered one of Fielding's most successful. With the previous owners inscription to the front pastedown, 'R. S. Kindersley'.
In a half calf binding, with marbled covered boards. Rubbing to the spine, joints, boards and extremities, with the odd scratch mark to the spine. Minor tidemark to the leather of the front board. Spotting and foxing to the front and rear pastedowns and endpapers. Previous owners inscription to the front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally clean, with odd spotting throughout, heavier to the first pages.
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