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SOLD - Vintage book RARE The Life & Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 1855 "New Edition, Complete," with sixteen engravings

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There is no other book like this one.

I love finding copies like this one because it is a well known work, but such a beautiful and rare copy that I feel like I'm presenting it to the world for the first time. This book qualifies for sure -- The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is a story that has cemented itself in the literary world for its striking characters and fast-paced adventure with the dramatic intrigue of the best of adventure tales.

Note: The title on this version is the unusual "The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" unlike other versions entitled "The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" which is an interesting difference and peculiarity of this version! In my opinion, very, very cool difference. :)

Plot-wise the story sounds both compelling and familiar--we've read stories with plots like this, we've seen movies with plots like this, it isn't necessarily "new" to us--but that's just it: it was new then. In fact, it was the first story of its kind, really, and is a contender for The First English Novel.

Yes, you read that right. This might be The First English Novel EVER. That is generally because though it was written in 1719 and other contenders were written before that, the idea of what a "first English novel" actually is, is widely debated by literary critics and historians.

Still, the fact that it MIGHT be, is extremely cool and important. It just underlines the fact that this was truly the first novel of its kind, and we have so many creatives works that came after to thank Daniel Defoe and his vision for.

The story is "written by" the fictional Robinson Crusoe, and was actually originally published with the author's name excluded and "by Robinson Crusoe" on the title page, leading to a lot of confusion and likely to the legendary status "Robinson Crusoe" still holds today, not as a novel (which applies too) but as a character or person.

Crusoe starts out the book as a seaman but soon becomes a castaway, stranded on an island near Trinidad for decades where he encounters terrifying trials like cannibals, captives, mutineers and the harshness of the weather, finding food, surviving alone (at times) and being out of touch with the rest of the world, with no idea when or if he will be rescued.

It's pretty much the epitome of the adventure tale as it has come to be known today, rivals Harry Potter as one of the most frequently and widely published books in history, and these quotes should illustrate why:

-"It is never too late to be wise."

-"Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.”

-"We never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it."

-"I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted : and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them."

I'll end with one of my favorites-- "For sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
-Author: Daniel Defoe
-Format: Hardcover, bright red boards with engraved design on front with decorative border, shining gold detail on spine with ornate title and gorgeous design mimicking the front cover of Robinson Crusoe lifting his falcon. Inside there are sixteen different black and white engravings throughout, including the frontispiece which is separated from the title page by a thin wax sheet, some illustrations next to thin wax sheets as well.
-Condition: Fraying at top and bottom of spine and brown age-spots on wax sheets characteristic of such thin papers enclosed in so old a book for so long. Otherwise no marks or tears or writings on the book whatsoever -- it is a great copy with somewhat wavy pages in the center that protrude out at the ends, but it just makes the copy look older and in my opinion all the better -- a gorgeous old book telling of another time.
-Publisher: Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company
-Copyright: Not stated, research indicates Phillips, Sampson and Company 1855
-Date published: 1855
-Provenance: I cannot remember where or when I picked up this extraordinary book, and there is no signature or book plate to give a clue to who owned it before me, so the provenance of this book is a mystery, but it starts now, with me, and will continue on to you, and as long as we take care of it, it will continue on indefinitely to others through the generations :)
-Pricing: I priced this book based on a thorough search for an identical copy, which turned up nothing. There are many copies of this wonderful popular tale, but this one being the New, Complete Edition of the time makes it special, along with its fantastic overall design and the old-fashioned, expert illustrations included. Its condition was taken into account and it is in much better shape than the few other copies from the same time period that still exist (many are from later dates) and though this is not priced as high as any first edition copy, of course, it is worth not much less for all these reasons--any book dealer and appraiser would tell you the same.
There is no other book like this one.

I love finding copies like this one because it is a well known work, but such a beautiful and rare copy that I feel like I'm presenting it to the world for the first time. This book qualifies for sure -- The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is a story that has cemented itself in the literary world for its striking characters and fast-paced adventure with the dramatic intrigue of the best of adventure tales.

Note: The title on this version is the unusual "The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" unlike other versions entitled "The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" which is an interesting difference and peculiarity of this version! In my opinion, very, very cool difference. :)

Plot-wise the story sounds both compelling and familiar--we've read stories with plots like this, we've seen movies with plots like this, it isn't necessarily "new" to us--but that's just it: it was new then. In fact, it was the first story of its kind, really, and is a contender for The First English Novel.

Yes, you read that right. This might be The First English Novel EVER. That is generally because though it was written in 1719 and other contenders were written before that, the idea of what a "first English novel" actually is, is widely debated by literary critics and historians.

Still, the fact that it MIGHT be, is extremely cool and important. It just underlines the fact that this was truly the first novel of its kind, and we have so many creatives works that came after to thank Daniel Defoe and his vision for.

The story is "written by" the fictional Robinson Crusoe, and was actually originally published with the author's name excluded and "by Robinson Crusoe" on the title page, leading to a lot of confusion and likely to the legendary status "Robinson Crusoe" still holds today, not as a novel (which applies too) but as a character or person.

Crusoe starts out the book as a seaman but soon becomes a castaway, stranded on an island near Trinidad for decades where he encounters terrifying trials like cannibals, captives, mutineers and the harshness of the weather, finding food, surviving alone (at times) and being out of touch with the rest of the world, with no idea when or if he will be rescued.

It's pretty much the epitome of the adventure tale as it has come to be known today, rivals Harry Potter as one of the most frequently and widely published books in history, and these quotes should illustrate why:

-"It is never too late to be wise."

-"Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.”

-"We never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it."

-"I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted : and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them."

I'll end with one of my favorites-- "For sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first."

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
-Author: Daniel Defoe
-Format: Hardcover, bright red boards with engraved design on front with decorative border, shining gold detail on spine with ornate title and gorgeous design mimicking the front cover of Robinson Crusoe lifting his falcon. Inside there are sixteen different black and white engravings throughout, including the frontispiece which is separated from the title page by a thin wax sheet, some illustrations next to thin wax sheets as well.
-Condition: Fraying at top and bottom of spine and brown age-spots on wax sheets characteristic of such thin papers enclosed in so old a book for so long. Otherwise no marks or tears or writings on the book whatsoever -- it is a great copy with somewhat wavy pages in the center that protrude out at the ends, but it just makes the copy look older and in my opinion all the better -- a gorgeous old book telling of another time.
-Publisher: Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company
-Copyright: Not stated, research indicates Phillips, Sampson and Company 1855
-Date published: 1855
-Provenance: I cannot remember where or when I picked up this extraordinary book, and there is no signature or book plate to give a clue to who owned it before me, so the provenance of this book is a mystery, but it starts now, with me, and will continue on to you, and as long as we take care of it, it will continue on indefinitely to others through the generations :)
-Pricing: I priced this book based on a thorough search for an identical copy, which turned up nothing. There are many copies of this wonderful popular tale, but this one being the New, Complete Edition of the time makes it special, along with its fantastic overall design and the old-fashioned, expert illustrations included. Its condition was taken into account and it is in much better shape than the few other copies from the same time period that still exist (many are from later dates) and though this is not priced as high as any first edition copy, of course, it is worth not much less for all these reasons--any book dealer and appraiser would tell you the same.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed by CGFlores85
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
SOLD - Vintage book Recreations in Astronomy by Henry White Warren, First Edition 1879, star charts/maps, MANY RARE full color illustrations

Reviewed by itzjeffduh
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 30, 2017
Great item, great seller, fast shipment!!! The book was perfect, exactly as described. Thanks!
Vintage book classic young adult The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary, famous child/YA author, 1958 special Book Club Edition, RARE cover art

Reviewed by L.M. Biddulph
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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