1770-1776 Samuel Richardson's Epistolary Novels Clarissa, Pamela, Grandison
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Early Edition, Folding Plates, Leather Binding
Grandison and Clarissa are illustrated, with a frontispiece to all volumes of Clarissa and to volume I of Grandison. The frontispieces to volumes III and IV of Clarissa are misbound respectively. With an additional folding plate to letter X of Clarissa volume I.
Early editions of these groundbreaking literary works. Richardson was a rare example of the author also being the printer. The skill of his printing is demonstrated in 'Paper X' of Clarissa, which is more commonly known as one of her 'mad papers'. Richardson was important in 'The Rise of the Novel' as many critics and historians agree that 'Pamela plays a critical role in the development of the novel in English.
'Pamela' follows a beautiful 15 year old maidservant whose country landowner master makes unwanted advances towards her following the death of his mother.
'Clarissa' tells the story of a heroine whose quest for virtue is thwarted by her family. It is also known for being the largest novel in the English language.
'The History of Sir Charles Grandison' was written as a response to Henry Fielding's 'The History of Tom Jones' which parodied the morals in Richardson's previous novels. Therefore, Grandison is a morally good man compared to the male characters of his prior writings.
A fantastic set of this important canonical author's works.
Scarce to have so many early editions of Richardson's works together in one uniformly bound library set.
In uniform speckled calf bindings. Externally, these volumes are generally smart with patches of rubbing to the joints and extremities. There is a light tidemark to the front board of volume IV to Grandison. Minor repair to the front board of volume VIII of 'Grandison'. Small loss to the head of spine to volume VI of Grandison and volume I of Clarissa. Minor loss to the spines of volume I and II of 'Grandison' and volumes III and IV Crack to the rear joint of volumes VI and VII of Clarissa, with the hinges remaining firm. Small crack to the front joint to volume VIII of 'Grandison'. Rear hinge to volume I of Clarissa is tender. Prior owner's library label to front pastedown of all volumes, Auchincruive D. Prior owner's signature to the title pages of all volumes. Internally, all volumes are are firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with some scattered spots throughout.
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