London / New York: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd. / Dodd, Mead and Company, 1929. First Edition. Cloth. Quarto (10 1/4" x 56 3/4"), decorative black cloth with gold lettering on spine (with gold cupid) and front cover, (with puto-framed head & bust portrait of Molll by John Austin; who has illustrated the book with a B&W glossy frontispiece of Moll in a "top hat," plus 15 comparable plates, and several in-text engravings; archival polyester-protected sleeve added to protect pictorial tourquoise-on-black dust jacket (not price-clipped & with bevelled flap corners); decorative endpapers depicting busty Moll and putos, ix, [x-xii] + 333 deckled pages. Weight: 2 lbs. 5.5 oz. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #6674
Daniel Defoe (1660 - 1731) was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations; also for sensationalistic MOLL FLANDERS (1722). Both novels are first-person picaresque novels.
Moll's story demonstrates the fall and eventual redemption, both material and spiritual, of a lone woman in 17th-century England. The heroine appears as a whore, bigamist, and thief, lives in The Mint, commits adultery and incest, and yet manages to retain the reader's sympathy.
NEAR FINE OVERALL CONDITION. Solid copy with bright illustrations. Light uniform age-toning to otherwise clean and unmarked paper. A bit of light tan offset (1 1/2" ~ square) on front free endpaper probaby from newprint once present, else Fine. A wee bit of wear to the well colored, unclipped dust jacket.