Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Illustrated by Reginald Marsh
Published by the Heritage Press, New York in 1979
Signed Custom Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Full Title: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine, gold gilt titles, central motifs, and ruling. There is gold ruling to the boards, hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, and the top page edges are gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published in 1762, this is the Heritage Press, New York edition published in 1970 that features illustrations from pen drawings by Reginald Marsh. “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe is not as well-known as his most famous novel, Robinson Crusoe. However, it gained enormous popularity as a social and psychological document of the traditions, customs and manners of the eighteenth century, and was reputed to be based on a true story. The full title of the book is almost a mini-synopsis! - The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums. Peopled with a collection of interesting characters, the book is thought-provoking and unusually bold for its time, with the heroine being quite different from the good, chaste, long-suffering lady of that era. However, her boundless optimism, strength, self-assertiveness and matter-of-fact shrewdness are attractive in their own way.” – Loyal Books
Measures approximately 8.5” x 5.5” with 354 pages as well as an introduction by John T. Winterich and an Author’s preface. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of the great works of American literature.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.