London: R. Griffiths, . Second Authorized Edition. 12mo., , 273,  pages; Fine; bound in period mottled calf, gilt tooling to spine with burgundy label with gilt lettering; unrestored, with mild rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards; marbled endpapers; text block stained red, partially faded; the second free leaf has a faded pencil drawing of a sex scene; interior clean, with no writing, underlining, or other markings; The original book was published in two installments, on November 21, 1748 and February of 1749. In November 1749, a year after the first installment was published, both Cleland and his publisher Fenton and Ralph Griffiths were arrested and charged with "corrupting the King's subjects." While Cleland disowned the novel in court, the book was popular enough that pirated editions began to appear. Griffiths published an expurgated version of the book in March of 1750, but was prosecuted once again for it, although the charges were subsequently dropped. It is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel". It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, not being published legally until 1963 in the United States and 1970 in England.; BB consignment; shelved case 3.
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