[SMOLLETT, Tobias George]

The Adventures of Roderick Random

$841
London: Printed for J. Osborn. 1748.

First edition. 12mo. 163x95mm. pp. xxiii, [1], 324; xii, 366. Variant with I9 of volume one as a cancel omitting "Locke" and with the direction line "Vol. 1" but with p182 signed 1 (not P) so it seems to be a combination of the two first edition variants noted in ESTC. Nineteenth century speckled calf, French fillet border to upper and lower covers. Spine with five raised bands, compartments decorated in gilt, red and green morocco labels, lettered in gilt. Turn-ins decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers. All edges coloured yellow. Front pastedowns have booklabel of Christopher Clark Geest and Winston H. Hagen. Chipping to head of spine of volume one, some very slight scuffing to boards and spine but otherwise an attractive binding in excellent condition. Internally very good with some annotations and corrections in black ink and the bottom edge of G4 of volume two has been repaired. Overall a very nice copy of the first edition of Smollett's famously raucous picaresque novel.

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