Robinson Crusoe (1815)
Robinson Crusoe (1815)
by Daniel Defoe
Full Title: Robinson Crusoe : Written by Himself : Revised and Corrected for the Advancement of Nautical Education. Illustrated by Technical and Geographical Annotation and Embellished with Maps and Engravings by the Hydrographer of the Naval Chronicle
8 ½ x 5 ¼. In English. Printed by J. Gold Naval Chronicle Office. Published by Joseph Mawman 39 Ludgate-Street, London, 1815. A New Edition. Illustrated throughout. 496 pp. with Appendix, 579 pp. total. Missing map. Tight and secure binding. Spine with five raised bands and bright gilt label. Head and tail as well as foredges a bit flaked. Leather boards just slightly crackled. Corners slightly bumped. Minor ownership marking penned to upper right of title page. Text block with isolated, rather trivial browning, spotting, and foxing. Overall, a splendid copy. The binding without significant wear and the text generally fresh and clean. This edition from the Naval Chronicle Office is rare both in institutional holdings and commerce.
“Robinson Crusoe” is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character —a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical desert island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers, before ultimately being rescued. Despite its simple narrative style, “Robinson Crusoe” was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. It is generally seen as a contender for the first English novel. Before the end of 1719, the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history, spawning so many imitations, not only in literature but also in film.
Daniel Defoe (1660 – 1731), was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than three hundred works—books, pamphlets, and journals—on diverse topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. He was also a pioneer of business journalism and economic journalism. Defoe is most famous for his novel “Robinson Crusoe,” which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularize the form in Britain, and is among the founders of the English novel. Defoe wrote many political tracts and often was in trouble with the authorities, including prison time. Intellectuals and political leaders paid attention to his fresh ideas and sometimes consulted with him.
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