An attractively bound copy of the 1790 edition illustrated by the fashionable Thomas Stothard.
This first Stockdale edition provides the reader with both the first appearance of Stothard’s engravings as well as the first appearance in print of George Chalmers’s Life of Daniel Defoe. Thomas Stothard, known for the beauty, invention, textual sympathy and spirit of his illustrations, reached a new level with these for Robinson Crusoe. They are considered to be among his most important, so much so that they were re-engraved by C. Heath and published by Cadell thirty years later.
It must also be mentioned that the Spanish Catholic Church placed Robinson Crusoe on their list of Banned Books, the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1720, where it remained up until the Index was abolished in 1966 by Pope Paul VI.
First Stockdale edition and the first edition to be illustrated by Thomas Stothard, 2 volumes, large 8vo, 389; 456pp., 14 engraved plates after Thomas Stothard by Medland, author portrait prior to the Life of Defoe, contemporary straight-grained crimson morocco, boards with wide border of gilt fillets and roll tools, spine compartments with floral design made up of pointillé tools, green morocco title labels and volume numbers directly lettered, gilt turn-ins and edges, title-page and frontispiece to vol. I with small burn repair to each in outer margin, occasional spotting or light browning, without the list of subscribers, board edges lightly rubbed, a few minor ink spots on covers of vol. I, otherwise a very good set.
Provenance: Sir Henry Hope Edwardes, 10th Baronet, 1829-1900 (bookplate) — Mary Forbes (bookplate at rear of vol. II).
ESTC T72291; Hammelmann and Boase 70.
Stock ID: 93645