A nice illustrated edition of this classic to commemorate the 300th anniversary of its publication. This book is very relavant in the face of the 2020 world-wide pandemic. Our version has all the original text and 18 illustrations and maps.
Do the following edicts sound familiar in this day of coronavirus and instructions from the CDC? Well -- these are verbatim from orders posted in 1665 during the plague in London as contained in this journal. We should have heeded these rules a long time ago.
A Journal of the Plague Year was published in 1722 as an account of one man's experiences during 1665 when the bubonic plague struck the city of London. Known as the Great Plague of London, it was the last such major epidemic in that city. The book is told somewhat chronologically, though without sections or chapter headings. Defoe was only five years old in 1665 when the Great Plague took place, and the book itself was published under the initials H. F. and is probably based on the journals of Defoe's uncle, Henry Foe. The book goes into great detail, providing tables of casualty figures. The book is often compared to the actual, contemporary accounts of the plague in the diary of Samuel Pepys.
We are proud to publish the first Neapolitan/English dual-language book, making Neapolitan accessible to a broader public.
Neapolitan was the national language of the Kingdom of Naples and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies before the unification of Italy, and it is still spoken in most of southern Italy. This dual-language book makes this language so easy to understand that anyone can sample it.
The Pentamerone, written in the seventeenth century, was the first collection of fairy tales, two hundred years before the Grimm brothers published their famous collection. This book contains the earliest known versions of the stories we know as Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel, plus ten other tales that are equally charming.
George Cruikshank was the most popular Victorian book illustrator, loved for his illustrations of the works of Dickens and of many other authors.
"This collection was for a long time the best and richest that had been found by any nation. Not only were the traditions at that time more complete in themselves, but the author had a special talent for collecting them, and besides that an intimate knowledge of the dialect. ... the tone, at least in the Neapolitan tales, is perfectly caught...."
= Wilhelm Grimm
Roderick Random's story is a classic rambunctious tale of rags and riches, set in the mid-eighteenth century.
Roderick's father goes mad soon after he is born, in grief at his beloved wife's death. Roderick is cast into life as a virtual orphan, tumbles through a wild time at school, and ends up, on leaving, escaping to the heaving metropolis of London. There he encounters, with his best friend Strap, characters of a huge variety; card-sharpers, fallen women, bumbling doctors and malicious quacks, and very dubious gentlemen-about-town. He finally goes to sea after an inordinate waiting period spent hazarding the interminable bureaucracy of trying to get a place as a ship's medic. His fortunes rise and fall it seems on the spin of a coin, diving into indigence after being raised to the heights of elegance, time and again. His luck with women is similarly strange-starred and various, until one day he meets the lovely Narcissa Topehall and his heart is given forever.
In splendidly picaresque scenes Smollett's story ranges from tattered London to the high social intensities of Bath society, to France and the soldier's life, out to sea and the West Indies and South America, roiling with grotesque humour and biting satire. With the support of a few good friends and despite the resistance of a goodl;y number of enemies, Roderick's fortunes are tested, luck and fate rolling the dice as to his chances, forging a scapegrace hero fit for his times.
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