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(Robinsonade — Not Defoe, Daniel).  Robinson Crusoe: With thirty illustrations. London: Wm. S. Orr & Co. (pr. by Vizetelly Brothers & Co.), [ca. 1843]. 16mo (17 cm, 6.45"). Frontis., [2], 39, [1] pp.; 8 plts., illus.
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Uncommon comedic verse retelling of the most famous castaway story of all (sorry Gilligan, sorry Tom "Cast Away" Hanks, Will "Lost in Space"), featuring => a total of nine sepia-tinted plates and a number of in-text vignettes. In this version, Crusoe stays lost mostly because he prefers to be his own king, free of civilization, rent, and taxes; once having left his island, he sells Friday and puts his mother in the workhouse. Among other cracks at contemporary societal quirks, the narrator suggests that Crusoe would have found his lack of a wife "the most pleasing of facts" if only he had read Malthus and Martineau, and the scanty costumes of the natives are compared to those at the ballet this season.
        The wood-engraved frontispiece is signed "A.C.," i.e., Alfred Crowquill, pseudonym of A.H. Forrester, while the other => tinted plates and black and white in-text illustrations are unsigned . While the exact publication date of this volume is difficult to identify, Orr published this popular piece in 1840 and 1844, as well as part of the 1843 edition of the Comic Album; it appears here as part of the "Comic Nursery Tales" series. This stand-alone printing is scarce: WorldCat locates only seven U.S. institutions reporting copies (Boston Public, Yale, Huntington, Lilly, Minnesota, Free Library of Philadelphia, SUNY-Stony Brook).
        Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2D7678. Not in Gumuchian; not in Osborne Collection. Publisher's original printed paper–covered boards; paper slightly darkened, edges and extremities rubbed, joints refurbished. Now in a sturdy, dark blue cloth–covered clamshell case and matching slipcase. Pages evenly age-toned. One leaf with tear from lower margin, touching two lines of text and lower edge of one illustration (without loss); one leaf with short tear from lower margin not touching text. => A worthwhile copy of this unusual parody, in its original binding and nicely box-housed.  (39980)   Please RESHELVE This.


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