Book Id: 1243
Longueville, Peter. The Hermit or the Unparalleled Sufferings and Surprising Adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, and Englishman...who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington, a Bristol merchant, upon an uninhabited island in the South Seas where he has lived about Fifty years without any human assistance, still continues to reside, and will not come away. London 1797, 10th edition. Lge. 12mo, 240pp, engraved frontis. Sml. library stamp top title page. Modern half calf & marbled boards, vgc. Early edition of this popular imaginary voyage, first printed in 1727. A fictitious account of life on a South Sea island, with a map of the island, Longueville's "Hermit" is the most famous of the imitations of "Robinson Crusoe", and the most often printed. Gove lists over 60 editions, and George Crabbe in "The Parish Register" accorded it a place alongside the Bible and Bunyan in most country homes. Details taken from the genuine accounts of voyages such as Magellan & Dampier.