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'The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, the Further Adventures… and the Serious Reflections…' by Daniel Defoe, one of three parts that make up the first edition of 'Robinson Crusoe'. A copy sold at Sotheby's for £40,000.

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Sold for £40,000 as part of a Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9%) online auction that closed on July 9 was a 1719-20, first edition set of the three parts that make up The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, the Further Adventures… and the Serious Reflections…

This set, in a much later red morocco gilt binding by Bedford, was once at home in the library at Skelmorie Castle in Ayrshire, as was a very rare 1727 first issue of Defoe’s Conjugal lewdness or matrimonial whoredom, also known as ‘A Treatise concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed’. It was in a matching Bedford binding.

The first copy of the first issue seen at auction in over 50 years, according to Forum, this is a work that Furbank & Owens’ bibliography of Defoe’s works describes as “A didactic treatise… describing the many offenses that make a hell of the sacred state of marriage and stigmatising the many sorts of vice and sexual immorality that may be practiced under its cloak”. It sold at £8000.