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Fielding Henry; The History of Tom Jones a Foundling

SKU: Fielding Henry AB0410165 $439.00
The History of Tom Jones a Foundling by Henry Fielding Esq. with a memoir of the author by Thomas Roscoe Esq. and illustrations by George Cruikshank in two volumes published by James Cochrane and Co. 11 Waterloo Place Pall Mall London in 1831. Printed by A.J. Valpy Red Lion Court Fleet Street London. Two steel engraved frontispieces [vol. I: Portrait of Fielding from an original sketch by Hogarth: vol. II: Partridges faux pas with the Gypsyby George Cruikshank] and an additional seven engraved illustrations by George Cruikshank. Half red Morocco with marbled boards and gilt double thin rule borders. Six compartment spine with raised bands top with gilt. Roscoe trades Novelist trades Librarytitle vol. # and author with four central lozenges surrounded by ornate floral decoration all in gilt on spine. Vol. I: shows minor wear to corners at the edges and leather wear at the hinge line front and very minor at back. Vol. II: There is leather wear at the hinge line front and back and wear to the foot corners and wear to 3 cm. of the top fore-edge front board. Bindings are tight. Vol. I: 454 pages: vol. II: 448 off-white to lightly toned pages without any foxing spotting tear or loss. Text is complete. Matching marbled pastedowns and end sheets. Gilt top-edge uncut fore-edge. Silk place markers. Booksellers note on front pastedown and a small pencil notation at top corner of back end paper in vol. I. Volumes measure: 11.5 cm. x 17.4 cm. (12mo). These volumes collectively are in extraordinarily fine condition exhibiting wear that is LESS than consistent with age. Henry Fielding (22 April 1707 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess and as the author of the novel Tom Jones(1749). Aside from his literary achievements he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement having founded (with his half-brother John) what some have called London trades first police force the Bow Street Runners using his authority as a magistrate. Fielding trades greatest work is a meticulously constructed picaresque novel telling the convoluted and hilarious tale of how a foundling came into a fortune. It can be argued that Jonesreflects the author trades essentially neoclassical outlook character is something the individual is blessed with a birth a part of life trades natural order or pattern. Characters within Fielding trades novels also correspond largely to types: e.g. Squire Western is a typically boorish and uncultivated Tory squire obsessed with fox hunting drinking and acquiring more property. Whereas Defoe and Richardson both attempt to hide the fictional nature of their work under the guise of memoirs and letters respectively Fielding adopted a position which represented a new departure in terms of prose fictionin no way do his novels constitute an effort to disguise literary devices. In fact he was the first major novelist to openly admit that his prose fiction was pure artifice. Also in comparison with his arch rival and contemporary Richardson Fielding presents his reader with a much wider range of characters taken for all social classes. So Fielding trades comic epic contains a range of wonderful but essentially static characters whose motives and behaviour are largely predetermined. There is little emotional depth to his portrayal of them and the complex realities of interactive human relationships that are so much a part of the modern novel are of negligible importance to him. Perhaps the character we come to know best is the figure of the omniscient narrator himself Fielding.