London: John Lane The Bodley Head, (1929). Single volume, measuring 9.25 x 6 inches: xii, 333, . Full polished tan calf, boards decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt, raised bands ruled in gilt, spine compartments elaborately gilt-tooled, crimson morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece and fifteen full-page black and white plates, line drawings throughout text.
Modern illustrated edition of Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, with Art Deco plates by John Austen. First published in 1722, the novel follows a cheerfully amoral servant girl who lives by her looks and wits, tearing through a series of men on both sides of the Atlantic, and barely escaping the gallows. In the end, after hundreds of pages of improbable adventures, Moll retires comfortably with her final husband to live “in sincere penitence for the wicked lives we have lived.” An exceptionally fine copy, splendidly bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.