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One of the best Robinson Crusoe imitations

[LONGUEVILLE, Peter].
The hermit: or, the unparallel'd sufferings and surprising adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, an Englishman: who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington, a Bristol merchant, upon an uninhabited island in the South-Sea; where he has lived above fifty years, without any human assistance; still continues to reside, and will not come away.
London, printed for J. Wren, J. Jefferies and J. Fuller, 1751. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece and engraved map. Contemporary tanned sheepskin.
€ 1,250
Rare third edition of a popular account of an imaginary voyage and robinsonade, written by Peter Longueville. The first edition was published in 1727, and "became an enormously popular work, rivalling Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, of which it is possibly the best imitation" (Howgego). The story tells about the imaginative Englishman Philip Quarll, who shipwrecked near an uninhabited island in the South Sea where he continued to live for almost fifty years. It starts with the voyage of the Bristol merchant Edward Dorrington, who discovered Quarll in 1725. He gives an extensive account of Quarll's life, starting with his adventures in England, where he married three wives before becoming a merchant seaman. Stranding on the island, he had to build a home and survive. The book relates remarkable events involving sea monsters and Quarll's pet monkey Beaufidelle. "Apart from occasional intrusions by bloodthirsty Indians and marauding Russian pirates, life in his 'second Garden of Eden' is carefree and idyllic, so much so that he refuses Dorrington's invitation to return to England" (Howgego).Somewhat browned, foxed and with a few marginal water stains. Overall a good copy. Corners of binding bumped and worn, hinges cracked, lacking the front flyleaf.
ESTC (7 copies); Gove, pp. 262-268; Howgego, Invented narratives, L45; cf. Sabin 66952; Ullrich IV, pp. 118-119.
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