Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe


Hardcover. Conditon: Good.  1896. Walter Scott, Ltd. Illustrated. Ex Libris.

Book advertisement tipped in. Green cloth bound with gilt lettering and floral design on spine. Slight freying along spine, top shows most wear with partial chip and small tear (1cm) where cloth has been pulled up. Mull exposed through front endpages. Clean interior. Gilt edges. Scarce copy. Book plate from Forres Public School on back of front cover awared to Annie Hood for Domestic Economy class and dated January 20th 1896. Book advertisements in back.

Widely regarded as the first English novel, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. This classic tale of shipwreck and survival on an uninhabited island was an instant success when first published in 1719 and has inspired countless imitations.

In his own words, Robinson Crusoe tells of the terrible storm that drowned all his shipmates and left him marooned on a deserted island. Forced to overcome despair, doubt, and self-pity, he struggles to create a life for himself in the wilderness. From practically nothing, Crusoe painstakingly learns how to make pottery, grow crops, domesticate livestock, and build a house. His many adventures are recounted in vivid detail, including a fierce battle with cannibals and his rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted companion.