History of Tom Jones A Foundling Franklin Library

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Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humor and satirical prowess.  

Illustrator: William Small (1843-1929) was a Scot who as born in Edinburgh, where he later worked as a hack-artist designing illustrations of bedsteads and gas brackets. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy and moved to London in 1865, where he quickly established himself as a versatile painter and illustrator. In his paintings he was mainly concerned with rustic themes, and some of his later work embodies a journalistic representation of the sufferings of the poor. His best work is from the 1860s, when he made line drawings showing good draughtsmanship. He illustrated in many of the periodicals, including Good Words and The Cornhill, and also drew for a variety of books of poetry, songs, and children's stories.

Although Small's paintings are still collected, he is now relatively unknown. This fall from grace probably reflects the fact that his greatest achievements came early in his career, from the sixties to the mid to late seventies. Critics praised his hard-edged style of the sixties, but generally disliked his impressionistic later designs. Small could have been one of the outstanding illustrators of his time but he was unfairly condemned for changing styles and outliving the 'golden age of illustration.'  

Publisher/Date: Franklin Library, PA (c. 1979) From 100 Greatest Books Of All Time collection.  

Format/Condition: Used green leather-bound hardcover book with gilt decorative covers and gilt titling on the spine is in Very Good condition: faint red mark on front cover; spine lightly scuffed; light fading at edges of satin moire endpapers as is common. Better than it sounds. Lacks Notes from the Editors pamphlet.  All edges gilt [a.e.g.], satin moire endpapers, ribbon bookmark. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 732 pages; measures 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches. Some illustrations.  

Description: The illustrations by William Small originally appeared in an 1882 edition of The Collected Works of Henry Fielding published in London.  

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