History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews

Henry FIELDING

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VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF JOSEPH ANDREWS BY HENRY FIELDING, “THE REAL FOUNDER OF THE ENGLISH NOVEL," HANDSOMELY BOUND

FIELDING, Henry. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams. Written in Imitation of the Manner of Cervantes, Author of Don Quixote. London: A. Millar, 1742. Two volumes. Small octavo, contemporary full speckled brown calf gilt expertly rebacked, raised bands, red morocco spine labels. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase.

First edition of Fielding’s first novel, one of 1500 copies printed, handsomely bound in full speckled calf-gilt.

Joseph Andrews "was started as a parody on Richardson's Pamela, and Joseph was supposed to be Pamela's brother with the roles of pursuer and pursued reversed… But the author's genius ran away with him, and soon the remarkable clergyman, Parson Adams, one of the great characters of fiction, stole the show… It is a brilliant tour de force" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 189). In Joseph Andrews, "the farcical revolutions and discoveries come thick and fast. The real art, however, lies not in the puppet-like manipulations of the persons but in their psychology… The element of paradoxical discussion that he introduces into the novel gives the book its true character… The novel is full of high spirits, rough horse-play, and a healthy sense of the comedy of life" (Literary History of England, 956). Fielding "is beyond question the real founder of the English novel as a genuine picture of men and women, and in some respects has never been surpassed" (DNB). With advertisements. Without half titles. Cross III:305. Armorial bookplate of Lord Charles Maynard affixed to verso of title page of Volume II. Laid-in bookplates. Owner signature inked out on page xix of Volume I.

Text quite nice, only slight rubbing to bindings. Near-fine condition.

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