Germantown: Chr. Sower, 1763. 8vo (6.5 x 4 inches). 16 pages. 20th-century cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt-lettered and decorated black morocco lettering-piece on front cover; cloth chemise and slipcase. Lightly browned, one leaf partly separated at gutter, generally a fine, wide-margined copy. Item #405806
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, an abridgement of Defoe's 'Journal of the plague year': "This book is an account of one man's experiences in 1665, the year in which the bubonic plague struck London. Published under the initials H.F., Daniel Defoe, who was only five years old in 1665, may have based it on the journals of his uncle, Henry Foe. "Whether the Journal can properly be regarded as a novel has been disputed. It was initially read as a work of non-fiction, but by the 1780s the work's fictional status was accepted. Debate continued as to whether Defoe could be regarded as the work's author rather than merely its editor" (Garrison-Morton-Norman 10199, for the first edition, London, 1722). Austin, Early American Medical Imprints, 632; ESTC W6026; Evans 9373; Hildeburn 1885. A fine colonial-era American imprint.