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The Novels of Samuel Richardson

by Samuel Richardson

1902  -  London  -  Chapman & Hall
20vol.;  7" by 4.5";  I: (xlvii)357pp.,  II: (xiv)386pp., III: (xvi)384pp., IV: (xviii)379pp., V: (xx)331pp., VI: (xiii)338pp., VII: (xiii)335pp., VIII: (xv)342pp., IX: (xi)341pp., X: (xiii)343pp., XI: (xvi)348pp., XII: (xv)338pp., XIII: (xiv)330pp., XIV: (xi)341pp., XV: (x)368pp., XVI: (xii)349pp., XVII: (xiv)354pp., XVIII: (xvi)354pp., XIX: (xiii)360pp., XXL (xv)331pp.

 

 
 





























 

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A complete Edwardian set of Richardson's epistolary novels.

Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was an immensely popular writer in Georgian England.  Having last his first wife and all five their children early in life, he remarried and sired a string of daughters.  When he had fathered no sons to whom he might pass it by the age of 51, he began to wind up his printing press in the well-known Salisbury Court.  It was only at this juncture that he found the time to publish his work, despite having been known as a man of good prose - particularly letters - amongst his friends and relations since childhood. 

His first novel, Pamela, was an overnight success.  In keeping with his talents, it takes the form of purported letters and correspondence; as do the other two works comprising this set.  Richardson's success brought with it reward; and he was able to move his family to a large house in Fulham and began to enjoy a stratified social position.  He corresponded with Samuel Johnson (whose debts he once gregariously paid off) and Sarah Fielding, and was made Master of the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

His second great novel, Pamela, was published in full by 1748 and is widely regarded as his masterpiece.  The public referred to the titular heroine as 'darling Pamela' and the work was immediately translated into French for sale on the continent. 

Richardson's next opus was Sir Charles Grandison, published in 1753, which would mark the winding down of his career as a novellist. 
For the next eight years, he enjoyed a socially and intellectually rewarding life, before passing away in 1761.

Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison, collated with just one missing plate to volume 3 of the set (vol. III of Clarissa).

CONDITION

Bound in amateur half-calf. Excellent with just minor shelfwear only. Lovely red colour (with matching marbled boards) and contrasting labels.

Internally, very firmly bound. Bright, clean plates. Generally clean text with just some spots affecting the first and last few pages as usual. Ink inscription of 'S McD' to preliminaries - possibly Edwardian.

Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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