DEFOE, Daniel. La Vie et les Avantures de Robinson Crusoë. Ancienne traduction revue et corrigée sur la belle édition donnée par Stockdale en 1790, augmentée de la vie de l’Auteur, qui n’avait pas encore paru. Edition entreprise par Charles Panckoucke, éditeur de l’Encyclopédie Méthodique. Paris, Veuve Panckoucke, An 8 (1800).
3 large 8vo volumes [230 x 151 mm]. Bound in straight-grained cherry morocco, double gilt fillet on the covers, flat spine decorated with gilt fillets and fleurons, inner gilt border, gilt edges. Contemporary binding attributable to Bradel.
First state of the most beautiful old edition of the Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Bibliographers mention the quality of the edition and the beauty of the illustration. “The edition is very beautiful”(Cohen, Guide de l’amateur de livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle).
The illustration comprises 3 engraved titles with various fleurons, a portrait of Daniel Defoe engraved by Delvaux and 18 nice prints engraved by Delvaux, Delignon and Dupréel after drawings from Stothard.
Precious copy, one of the rare ones printed on large vellum paper, with the portrait and the 15 engravings before the letters. In the last volume it is enriched with three plates with the letter by Duvivier and with the large folding map of the two hemispheres in which is marked Robinson’s travel itinerary, engraved by Tardieu (360 x 190 mm). These three plates and the large map are rarely found in large paper copies.
A sumptuous copy, very fresh and without any foxing, of one of the most famous books in literature, preserved in its elegant contemporary binding by Bradel in a seducing cherry morocco. It comes from the library of the baron de Mackau, with armorial ex-libris (1893).