Hard Cover. London: printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1778. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition. Finely bound in green morocco with 17th century-style panel design in gilt to boards, titles and flower design in gilt to spine, gilt floral turn-ins, and blue and green marbled endpapers. Near fine with some toning to edges and spine, light rubbing to rear board, tiny bit of wear to head of spine, some toning and light foxing to text, and tiny spot of glue to page 40. Overall, a beautiful copy, bound to style. Henry Fielding's final work, The Fathers, published posthumously, is a comedic play that centers around the English aristocracy. The work was discovered more than 20 years after Fielding's death in 1754 through an unlikely series of events described in a note at the beginning of the book. It was performed at Drury Lane in London's West End. Fielding built a name for himself writing satirical plays and novels that challenged the powerful, which often resulted in disapproval of his work. He is considered one of the founders of the English novel, his most famous work being the picaresque novel Tom Jones (1749). In addition to his literary career, Fielding helped found London's first professional police force, the Bow Street Runners.