Property from a Florida Collector
Amelia. London: Printed for A. Millar, 1752 [1751?]
4 vols., 12mo (6½ x 3¾ in.; 164 x 97 mm). With terminal blank in vol. 1 and terminal advertisement leaf in vol. 2; some staining from turn-ins, occasional light browning or soiling. Contemporary polished calf, spines in six compartments with red morocco label; extremities rather rubbed. Red morocco solander box.
First edition of Fielding's last novel. A near-fine copy in contemporary binding. "There were two impressions of the first edition, one in December 1751, the second in January 1752; no distinguishing characteristics have been recorded" (Rothschild).
Cross III: 321; Rothschild 853
Sotheby Parke Bernet, 23 May 1979, lot 54 (undesignated consignor)
Technical analysisJean Lockhart Cleghorn (contemporary signature at the head of each title-page, armorial bookplate, Lockhart of Cleghorn)
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
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