THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF PETER WILKINS ... With a Preface by A. H. Bullen. London: Reeves & Turner, 1884. Small octavo, two volumes, original boards, printed paper spine labels, all edges untrimmed. First printing of this edition. First published in London in 1751. An attractive edition of one of the classic imaginary voyages of English literature. "A very entertaining book ..." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1749 (pointing out that this edition reproduces the full text of the first edition, whereas many other editions are expurgated -- possibly for moral reasons, considering the hero's conjugal relationship on the desert island with a winged woman). Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-36; (1981) 1-135; (1987) 1-73; (1995) 1-73; and (2004) II-840. Gove, The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction, pp. 320-27. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 143. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 884. Nicolson, Voyages to the Moon, pp. 136-43. Bleiler (1978), p. 162. Reginald 11157. Spine of volume one chipped (the upper piece with the upper part of the printed spine label is present), rear joint of volume two split, otherwise a good, internally a fine copy. A few repairs would make this a nice copy. This attractive edition is scarce in the original boards. (#161001).
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