Paris, chez H. Verdière, An VIII (1800).
3 volumes large 8vo [220 x 138 mm] of: I/ (3) ll. including the portrait of the author by Delvaux, viii pp., cviii pp., 276 pp., 1 folding map out of pagination and 4 engravings out of pagination protected by silky papers ; II/ (2) ll., 526 pp., 11 engravings out of pagination, small paper defect in the margin of p. 483 ; III/ (2) ll., 340 pp., 3 engravings out of pagination. A total of 18 engravings, 1 portrait and 1 map.
Full blue morocco, covers entirely decorated with gilt and blind-stamped decorations, spines ribbed and decorated in the same way, inner border, gilt edges. Contemporary binding signed by Simier.
First issue of the most beautiful old edition of the Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
It is illustrated in first issue with a portrait of the author, 3 engraved titles, 18 beautiful copper engravings by Dupréel, Delignon and Delvau after Stothard and a world map of the Eastern and Western hemispheres showing the itinerary of Robinson’s journey, engraved by P.F. Tardieu.
“The edition is very beautiful” mentions Cohen (Guide de l’amateur de livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle, 406).
A superb copy without foxing of one of the most famous books in literature, preserved in its elegant and interesting contemporary bindings by Simier in decorated blue morocco.