London: A. Millar, 1752. First Edition. Hardcover. 4 vols. 1st edition. Published December 1751. A novel of distress, tenderness, social protest, and reform, with an extended theme of validating female intellect and opening education for them (goal diggers). 19th century full calf, light wear to spine tips and joints but very good and complete with the Register–Office leaf at the end of vol. II. It seems that variations in the text like “at the folly” or “the at folly” in vol. II, page 191 line 4, are because the 1st printing was divided between 2 printing presses, with 2 settings of type, each with its own errors, and both settings were available on publication day. An anticipated 2nd printing was cancelled, and Rothschild’s reference to it (853) is wrong. Very good. Item #457
NOTE: When printing 18th–19th century novels generally (not particularly this one), some had corrections made during the printing, and these changes are properly called states. However, as individual signature sheets came off the press they were often stacked with the earliest ones on the bottom and the last ones printed on the top. When they were gathered for binding the first sheets grabbed were frequently from the top of the stack and therefore, the last ones printed. So, the earliest sheets printed (the 1st state), were not necessarily the first bound (the 1st binding), or the first shipped and sold (the 1st issue) either for deposit in libraries or sale in retail bookstores (Book Code).