Smollett, Tobias, The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett (Six Volume Set)
Smollett, Tobias, The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett (Six Volume Set)
Smollett, Tobias, The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett (Six Volume Set)
Smollett, Tobias, The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett (Six Volume Set)

Smollett, Tobias, The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett (Six Volume Set)

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Smollett, Tobias; Roscoe, Thomas. The Miscellaneous Works of Tobias Smollett (Six Volume Set); with a Memoir of His Works, by Thomas Roscoe. New York: Derby & Jackson, 1860.

Half calf with marbled boards, spines with gilt-decorated panels, red & black title labels, end papers and page edges marbled. 5 1/4 x 7 inches with the set taking up 8 1/2 inches of shelf space. Bindings are rubbed, a bit edge-worn, but all tight with clean pp. apart from a small ink name stamp on the tp's (D. K. Mandeville, M.D.). Volume III has an old repaired crack in the backstrip just above the top red calf label. Frontispiece engraving of Smollett with tissue guard in vol. il.; offsetting to the tp. Good. Hardcover.  [5264] 

The volumes are The Expedition of Henry Clinker; The Adventures of Roderick Random; The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol.i.; The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. ii.; Ferdinand Count Fathom; The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves.

Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771), Scottish satirical novelist, "best known for his picaresque novels The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748) and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751) and his epistolary novel The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771).

Smollett studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and served as a surgeon's second mate on the HMS Chichester (1740) and was a few years later set up as a surgeon on Downing Street, Westminster. He published his first novel The Adventures of Roderick random in 1748, "in part a graphic account of British naval life at the time...he is unrivaled for the pace and vigour that sustain his comedy. He is especially brilliant in the rendering of comic characters in their externals, thus harking back to the manner of the Jacobian playwright Ben Johnson and looking forward to that of the novelist Charles Dickens...his panoramic picture of the life of his times is surpassed only by that given by Henry Fielding, while his account of conditions in the Royal Navy is especially valuable." - Walter E. Allen, Encyclopedia Britannica.