DEFOE, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Mariner of Hull. With Biographical Memoir [by John Ballantyne] and Illustrative Notes. London: J.C. Nimmo and Bain, 1882.
Royal 8vo. 2 vols.; contemporary half dark-green morocco over marbelled boards; spines fully gilt, marbled endpapers; frontispiece portrait by L. Flameng, 8 etched plates by B. Bouilleron, titles printed in red and black; Vol I pp. [x], xxxii, 392, [ii]; vol II [ii], xii, [iv], 384, [ii]; an attractive set with just a trifle of rubbing to extremities and marbelled boards, near-fine overall.
Number 42 of 150 numbered copies on laid paper, with an extra set of proof etchings on Japanese paper.
Defoe's realist novel is credited by some as being the first novel to be written in English. Before the end of the first year of its publication in 1719, the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history. By the end of the 19th century, more than 700 alternative versions, including illustrated children’s, had been produced. The original, (somewhat catchy) title, was "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates."