FIELDING, Henry (1707-1754). Amelia. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1752.
4 volumes, 12mo (170 x 100 mm). (Some light spotting or staining.) 19th-century speckled calf gilt, spines in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, morocco lettering-pieces (some light wear to spines and joints). Provenance: William Woods (bookplates); Peggy & Steve Fossett (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Fielding's last novel. Though two impressions of the first edition were printed a month apart, there are no recorded distinguishing characteristics between them. Samuel Johnson remarked on the publication of Fielding's last novel that it was "perhaps the only book, which being printed off betimes one morning, a new edition was called for before night." Cross III, p. 321; ESTC T89846; Rothchild 853.
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