Fourth edition (variant). [FP leaf], , pp.1-372, 375-376. (A)4,
(B-I)12, (K-Q)12, R1-R6, R8. Only wanting R7 (pp.373-374). The FP is A1. Pages 298 and 299 are misnumbered as pages 288 and 289, respectively. Three volumes, abridged, in one.
London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch in Pater-noster-Row, J. Brotherton and W. Meadows in Cornhill, S. Birt in Avemary-Lane, J. Osborn in Pater-noster-Row, and J. Hodges on London-Bridge, . Illustrated with marvellous woodcuts.
16mo, early leather binding with gilt rules on boards. Front board attached by cords, rear board detached (but present). Front free endpaper loose, lacking R7 (pp. 373-374), old brown ink inscriptions (se below) on front leaves.
[Title page for vols. II and III, K1r:] THE FARTHER ADVENTURES OF Robinson Crusoe. Wherein are contain'd, Several Strange and Surprizing ACCOUNTS of all his Travels, and most Remarkable Transactions, both by Sea and Land: With his wonderful Vision of the Angelick World. VOL. II. and III. Written Originally by Himself, and now faithfully Abridg'd. The FOURTH EDITION. LONDON: Printed in the Year MDCCXXXIII.
Ownership inscriptions on paste-downs, front free endpaper, recto of free endpaper, and R8v (p.376). These are of [Mrs. R. Welde?], Sarah Collett (1771), and John Grace (1782-1788). Grace obtained the book as a gift from Sarah Collett. 'First published in April 1719' written (neatly) at the top of the title page, outside the double rule. Otherwise the free endpapers and both title pages are fine and clean.
The text is printed in an unsual fount and has woodcuts throughout. This is the 'Bettesworth' variant, which is
rarer than the 'Bettsworth' variant (N55140). Hutchins does not note this variant. This abridged edition may have
been written by Thomas Gent, the printer (1693-1778) who wrote one of the two redactions associated with Edward Midwinter.
ESTC locates copies in the Opie collection at the Bodleian and at McMaster (Canada). Of the two variants, this is the rarer. [ESTC N68162, Not in Hutchins].