1926 The Shakespeare Head Edition of Fielding's Novels
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Henry Fielding was a renowned novelist and playwright, who, with Samuel Richardson, is considered a founder of the English novel. He is best remembered for his rich, earthy humour and satirical prowess, and for his comic novel 'Tom Jones'; a work that is generally regarded as Fielding's greatest book and as a very influential English novel. This limited edition set is complete in ten volumes. This set contains the following works: 'The Life of Mr Jonathan Wild the Great' 'The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling', complete in four volumes. 'Amelia', complete in three volumes. 'Joseph Andrews', complete in two volumes. Each volume is one of one thousand and thirty copies printed by the Shakespeare Head Press (and published by Basil Blackwell), of which one thousand were for sale. The Shakespeare Head Press was a small printing and publishing press established in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1904 by the renowned English editor Arthur Henry Bullen. The press was a prolific publisher of fine editions and were renowned for their excellent typography and letterpress production on very high quality paper. After Bullen's death the press was continued by a partnership including Basil Blackwell, and continues today as an imprint of Wiley-Blackwell.
In the publisher's original red cloth binding, with gilt title to spines. Externally excellent, with minor shelfwear to extremities and head and tail of spines. Marking to fore edge of front board 'Jonathan Wild'. Slight offsetting to endpapers, with scattered spots to endpapers of 'Tom Jones' volume II, 'Amelia' volume I, and 'Andrews' volume II. Internally firmly bound. Pages very bright and clean throughout. Light scattered spots to first and last few pages 'Tom Jones', volume II.
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