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Resources in ZSR Library Special Collections for the study of books and printing in 18th century Britain

The Rare Books Collection at ZSR Library contains over 50,000 volumes dating from the 14th through the 21st centuries. The books listed below represent some of our holdings in 18th century fiction and related genres, along with a few earlier and later works. To find other relevant materials, search the library catalog or contact Megan Mulder.


Selected titles from the Rare Books Collection

Oroonoko: or, The royal slave. A true history - Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689
Call Number: PR3317 .O71 1688
London: Printed for Will. Canning, 1688. This lengthy prose narrative by Aphra Behn is one of the best known proto-novels in English. Behn presents the story as a memoir, but the story of the African prince forced into slavery in the Caribbean is clearly fictional.

The fair penitent. A tragedy. As it is acted at the new theatre in Little Lincolns-Inn-Fields. By Her Majesty's servants - Rowe, Nicholas, 1674-1718
Call Number: PR3671 .R5 A63 1703
London: Printed for J. Tonson, 1703. First printing of Rowe's extremely popular stage adaptation of the 1638 tragedy The Fatal Dowry.

A continuation of the comical history of the most ingenious knight, Don Quixote de la Mancha - Fernández de Avellaneda, Alonso; trans. Stevens, John, d. 1726.
Call Number: PQ6329 .A29 1705
London: Printed for Jeffery Wale, at the Angel in St. Paul's Church-yard ; 1705
J. Senex, next to the Fleece Tavern in Cornhil, 1705. The fact that this English translation of an unauthorized Don Quixote sequel was printed in a profusely illustrated edition is a testament to the enduring popularity of Cervantes's novel in England.

An account of south-west Barbary: containing what is most remarkable in the territories of the king of Fez and Morocco. Written by a person who had been a slave there a considerable time; and published from his authentick manuscript. - Ockley, Simon, 1678-1720
Call Number: DT308 .O16 1713
London : Printed for J. Bowyer ... and H. Clements, 1713.

The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, mariner, who lived eight and twenty years all alone in an un-inhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river of Oroonoque; having been cast on shore by shi - Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731
Call Number: PR3403 .A1 1719
London: W. Taylor, 1719.

Travels into several remote nations of the world. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, and then a captain of several ships. - Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745
Call Number: PR3720 1726t
London: Printed for Benj. Motte, at the Middle-Temple-Gate, 1726.

Pylades and Corinna: or, Memoirs of the lives, amours, and writings of Richard Gwinnett, esq.; of Great Shurdington in Gloucestershire; and Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas, junr., of Great Russel street, Bloomsbury. - Thomas, Elizabeth, 1677-1731
Call Number: PR3505 .G9 P8 1731
London: [Edmund Curll], Printed in the year 1731.

The eight volumes of letters writ by a Turkish spy, who liv'd five and forty years undiscover'd at Paris: giving an impartial account to the Divan at Constantinople of the most remarkable transactions of Europe: and discovering several intrigues and secr - Marana, Giovanni Paolo, ‡d 1642-1693
Call Number: D246 .M31 1734
London : G. Strahan, W. Mears, S. Ballard, F. Clay, J. Stag, D. Browne, B. Motte, R. Williamson, J. Clarke, A. Wilde, J. Brotherton, J. Hazard, W. Meadows, T. Cox, W. Hinchliffe, T. Astley, S. Austen, L. Gilliver, and R. Willock, 1734.

Clarissa. Or, the history of a young lady: comprehending the most important concerns of private life; and particularly shewing, the distresses that may attend the misconduct both of parents and children, in relation to marriage. - Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761
Call Number: PR3664 .C4 1748
London: Printed for S. Richardson; And Sold by A. Miller, 1748. Samuel Richardson was a printer who became the author of two of the most popular novels of the 18th century, Pamela (1740) and Clarissa (1748). Since Richardson printed his own books, he had more control over their design than did most of his contemporaries .

The history of Tom Jones, a foundling - Fielding, Henry, 1707-1754
Call Number: PR3454 .T65 1749
London: Printed for A. Miller, Over-against Catherine-street in the Strand, 1749.

The prince of Abissinia. A tale. In two volumes. - Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784
Call Number: PR3529.A1 1759
London : Printed for R. and J. Dodsley ... and W. Johnston ..., 1759. This is the first edition of Johnson's work, which became better known by its half-title The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768
Call Number: PR3714 .T7
Published in York and London, 1760-1767. First edition, 9 volumes.

The castle of Otranto, a story. Translated by William Marshal, Gent. from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto. - Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Call Number: PR3757 .W2 C3 1765
London: Printed for Tho. Lownds in Fleet-Street, 1765.

The new Bath guide: or, Memoirs of the B---R---D family. In a series of poetical epistles. - Anstey, Christopher, 1724-1805.
Call Number: PR3316 .A3 1766n
London: Sold by J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall; J. Wilson & J. Fell, in Pater-noster-Row; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1766. This poetic satire of fashionable life in Bath was an 18th century bestseller.

The vicar of Wakefield: a tale. - Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774
Call Number: PR3490. A1 1766
Salisbury: Printed by B. Collins, for F. Newbery, 1766.

She stoops to conquer; or, The mistakes of a night. A comedy. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden. - Goldsmith, Oliver, 1728-1774
Call Number: PR3488 .A1 1773
London: Printed for F. Newbery, 1773.

Elfrida; or, Paternal ambition. A novel. - Gibbes, Phoebe, d. 1805
Call Number: PR3291.A6 L3x 1786
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1786. Phoebe (or Phebe) Gibbes was prolific novelist and feminist. Little is known about her life, but it appears that, like many women writers of the 18th century, she turned to authorship out of a need to support herself and her children.

Camilla: or, a picture of youth. - Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840
Call Number: PR3316 .A4 C3 1796
London: T. Payne, T. Cadell, Jun., and W. Davies, 1796.

Castle Rackrent, an Hibernian tale. Taken from facts, and from the manners of the Irish squires, before the year 1782 - Edgeworth, Maria, 1767-1849
Call Number: PR4644 .C3 1800
Dublin: Printed for P. Wogan, H. Colbert, P. Byrne, W. Porter, J. Halpen, J. Rice, H. Fitzpatrick, G. Folingsby, J. Stockdale, R.E. Mercier, and Co., 1800.

Self-control: a novel - Brunton, Mary Balfour, 1778-1818
Call Number: PR4250 .B7 1811
Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay & Co. for Manners and Miller, Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1811. Third edition.

The father and daughter: a tale - Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853
Call Number: PR5115 .O3 F3 1812
Washington: Published by William Cooper; and by Joseph Milligan, Georgetown, 1812. American edition of Opie's first novel, which was published in England in 1801. At the beginning of the 19th century, most books purchased in the U.S. were imported from Europe. But popular novels, especially the briefer ones, sometimes merited an American printing.

Pride and Prejudice : a novel in three volumes - Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
Call Number: PR4034 P7 1813
London : Printed for T. Egerton, 1813.

Emma: a novel. In three volumes - Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
Call Number: PR4034 E5 1816
London: Printed for J. Murray, 1816.

Mandeville. A tale of the seventeenth century in England - Godwin, William, 1756-1836
Call Number: PR4722 .M26 1817
Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817. This copy once belonged to Hugh Walpole and has his signature.

Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus - Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851
Call Number: PR5397.F73 1818
London: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, 1818.

The vampyre; a tale. - Polidori, John William, 1795-1821
Call Number: PR5187 .P5 V3 1819
London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1819.

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