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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders &c

Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd variety for threescore years, besides her childhood, was twelve years a whore, five times a wife (whereof once to her own brother) twelve year a thief, eight year a transported felon in Virginia, at last grew rich, liv'd honest, and died a penitent, written from her own memorandums

By Daniel Defoe

[1722- London- W Chetwood and T Edling]

8" by 5"; (i)iv-xiii [1] 424pp





A very scarce first edition of this celebrated novel by Daniel Defoe.

One of Defoe's most famous works, second only to Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders is a first-person picaresque novel purportedly written by the heroine herself.  

Very scarce. Only two copies held in UK collections, one in the British Library, the other at Trinity College Cambridge.

Collated: Lacking Title page but consistent with the first edition of 1722 and the only edition to have this pagination. A facsimile title page can be obtained if required. Title page for this edition states 1721, but the work was actually published in January of 1722. 
With the blank leaf to A8, almost always removed in rebinding. (Moore 446, ESTC T70314)

In a contemporary binding. Title page likely removed due to the notoriety of the work.

Moll Flanders was written and published after Defoe had become a recognised and successful novelist. Though the work was originally published as if it were an autobiography, it was attributed to Defoe after his death. Partially based on the life of notorious London criminal Moll King, whom Defoe personally met in Newgate prison, Moll Flanders was a sensational novel in which the heroine manages to retain the sympathy of the reader despite her various trials and tribulations and her questionable morality.

An important work, now part of the literary canon and key in the development of the novel and an insight into social and cultural issues of the 17th and 18th century, particularly crime and punishment and the position of women in society.


In original full calf binding. Externally, sound with rubbing. Bumping to extremities and loss to leather at extremities, head and tail of spine and joints. Front joint cracked and front hinge tender. Small ink signature to front pastedown. Internally, generally firmly bound although strained in places, particularly to page 387 which is loosening slightly. Pages slightly browned with light spotting, usage marks and light tidemarks to the early part of the work. Lacking title page. Overall: GOOD


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