The Hermit, or the Unparalleled Sufferings of Philip Quarll, An Englishman…
Anon. (Alexander Bicknell, Peter Longueville)
I Thomas and E.T. Andrews, ( 1795), Exeter (NH)
vi-263 pp. b/w woodcut frontispiece and tailpiece.
… who was lately discovered upon an uninhabited island, in the South-Sea, where he lived above fifty years, without any human assistance. Containing, I. His conference with those who found him; to whom he recited the most material circumstances of his life; his being born in the parish of St. Giles, educated by the charity of a lady, and put out apprentice to a lock-smith. II. His leaving his master, and being taken up with a notorious house-breaker, who was hanged; his lucky escape and going to sea a cabin boy, marrying a famous prostitute, enlisting a common soldier, turning singing-master, and afterwards marrying three wives, for which he was tried and condemned at the Old Baily. III. His being pardoned by the King, turning merchant, and being shipwrecked on this desolate island on the coast of Mexico… A new edition. This Robinson Crusoe mashup was first published in London in 1727. It proved to be quite popular, going through many English, Dutch, German, and French editions. Along with this Exeter imprint, there was also a Boston edition published in 1795 by Joseph Belknap, with a somewhat different text. This Thomas and Andrews edition is rare, with no copies listed on Worldcat. Gove cites a copy in the Library of Congress. A copy sold at the second Deering auction in 2001, but no others appear to have sold at auction in the past fifty years. Evans 28298, who gives the author as Alexander Bicknell. Sabin 66949. Gove p. 265. Pages evenly tanned. Bound in contemporary calf with spine label, much worn, with hinges quite weak and old cellotape repairs.