London New York: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd / Dodd, Mead & Company, 1930. G. Spencer Pryse. First Edition Thus Illustrated. Decorative cloth. Quarto (10 1/4" x 6 5/8" x 2 1/4""), black pictorial cloth with gilt spine lettering & sign post plus title & silhouette of a horsedrawn carriage on front cover, illustrated by G. Spencer Pryse with a B&W frontispiece and 19 comparable full-page plates, maroon pictorial endpapers depicting a young man and woman, 770 deckle-edged pages. Weight: 3 lbs. 2 oz. Good / None. Item #6442
Solid copy with spotting to covers and slight rubbing to a few edges of the deckled pages. All plates are bright and without foxing. Small repaired 3/8" V-nick halfway down spine. Lacks the dust jacket.
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749) is a bestselling comic novel by English playwright, judge, and novelist Henry Fielding (1707 – 1754). Tom Jones is the author's greatest book, and a pioneering novel written as a humorous Bildungsroman and picaresque novel about a young man's adventures.
Gerald Spencer Pryse (1882–1956) was a British artist, member of the Fabian Society, and lithographer. In addition, he served as a soldier during the First World War, and--as a Captain--was awarded the Military Cross and other notable awards for his service during the Third Battle of Ypres.