London: Printed for S. Richardson, 1754. Full calf. Octavo (207 x 130 mm.), 6 v.,  vii, 417;  416;  386;  401;  394;  433pp., Volumes 1 & 6 Second Edition; Volumes 2-5 First Edition, 2 portraits of Richardson tipped onto feps (one engraved and with a vignette of a couple in front of a country house and the other stipple engraved by R Woodman after a painting by A. Smith, 1803), uniformly bound in brown calf with gold rule borders on boards, all vols. rebacked with five false raised bands with gold rules and red author label in second compartment, edges sprinkled red, top edges darkened. Bindings scuffed and scratched, corners worn, offsetting from leather foldovers on eps, 7 cm tear to one page in v. 6, and 4 cm tear to page in v.4. Ownership signature (1754) on t.p. of each volume, and another on fep of Vols. 1 & 6. Internally a very good set in sound bindings. Very good. Item #600
Samuel Richardson (d. 1761) was an innovative English writer and printer who introduced the epistolary form of the novel. His major novels were 'Pamela' (1840) and 'Clarissa' (1747-48) as noted on the title page of this work. 'The History of Sir Charles Grandison' is said to have been much admired by Jane Austen.