London: Shakspeare Press, by W. Nicol for John Major, Fleet Street, 1831. First edition thus. Hardcover. Two volumes, small 8vo. 434 pp.; 405 pp. Three-quarter bound in rich red pebbled morocco with marbled boards, pastedowns, and endpapers, top edge gilt, with gilt decorations and lettering on the spines of each volume. Finely bound by Tout during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Includes several catalog entries for finely bound and regular trade editions of Robinson Crusoe offered by book dealers in the early twentieth century (affixed to the free front endaper on Volume I). Both volumes also include two bookplates from notable collectors, the one of Asa P. French is affixed on the front pastedown over Stephen George Holland's bookplate. Asa P. French was an American attorney who graduated from Yale and served as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1906 to 1914 (his bookplate is dated 1907 in contemporary ink). French made his wealth from a suit against William Rockefeller in 1920. Stephen George Holland was a notable collector who resided in London and founded a textile firm, as the son of the founder of Holland and Sons, a Victorian cabinetry firm. Holland was a wealthy merchant and a noted art collector, and had his collection auctioned at Christie's in June of 1908. Printed on hand press paper, collates as complete. With introductory verses by Bernard Barton, and illustrated with numerous engravings from drawings by George Cruikshank. Biographies of Interesting People: "Ancestors, Relatives, Family Friends and Associates
of interest to JJ Heath-Caldwell". A beautiful example of this set, the first edition with the Cruikshank illustrations. Near Fine. Item #00007544
A Near Fine set with a former owner's name and date of Aug. 1889 written in ink on the half-titles in each volume, set shows very minor wear to the edges of the boards, and a faint crease to the marbled endpaper in Volume 2.