London: Printed in St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, by S. Fisher, 1805.
[LANSON, Henry.] The Life and Adventures of Henry Lanson, the only son of a wealthy planter in the West Indies; who, when on his voyage to England, was put on shore at an uninhabited island, where, on his perambulations up the country, he discovers the ruins of an ancient temple; and near it, the oracle of the sun, a large rude carved idol made of pure brilliant gold of a wonderful construction. London: Printed in St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, by S. Fisher, .
An early edition of this fictional voyage, reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe. Twelvemo (7 x 4 1/16 inches; 177 x 104 mm). - 42 pp. With engraved frontispiece. Frontispiece included in collation. The publisher's imprint at the foot of the final leaf reads "Printed by S. Fisher, St. John's Lane, Clerkenwell, 1804." but the imprint at the top of the present frontispiece reads "London, Published January 23rd 1805 by S. Fisher." Other copies in WorldCat mention a frontis that reads "London published July 4th 1801 by S. Fisher." Frontispiece by J. Caruse and engraved by E. Stalker.
Modern quarter calf over marbled paper boards. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Newer endpapers. A closed tear to the title-page, professionally repairs., just touching one letter, but with no loss. A few instances of foxing but overall very good.
According to Sabin, "Mr. Field pronounces this a wretched fiction.'" According to the book, Henry Lanson was the son of a respectable planter in James Town, Virginia. While travelling to England, he was marooned by pirates on deserted island. His adventures there included converting natives to Christianity and discovering treasure in the form of a large gold idol.
Sabin 38942. Field 900.