London: John Stockdale, 1790. First Thus. Bound in full polished calf with elaborate gilt to spines, boards, and dentelles; red morocco spine labels. All edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Later gift inscription on verso of front endpaper in volume I. Book dealer description from Harry F. Marks pasted to recto of front flyleaf. Collates xii, 389; v, , 456, [14, ads]: complete, with both frontis portraits present. A Fine copy of Defoe's classic adventure tale.
Initially published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe set the standard for the maritime adventure novel. A headstrong young man, Crusoe disobeys his parents' wishes and takes to the sea. Though he gains fortune in his travels thrugh Guinea, a trip through Africa leads to his capture and enslavement. Undeterred, Crusoe manages a daring escape to Brazil, where he acquires a prosperous plantation; but his greed begins to overwhelm him, and a voyage to purchase slaves leads to disaster and shipwreck. A castaway for twenty eight years, Crusoe's story transforms from one of adventure and greed into one of introspection about the human condition. Fine (Item #2819)