London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall; and W. Johnston, in Ludgate-Street, 1759. First Edition. Two vols., 12mos, viii, 159; viii,165pp; contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, bound without final blanks. With a coronetted initial stamped in gilt at the top of each spine. Pinhole to the upper corner of A2 in the first volume, where the page number would be; slightly marked; covers rubbed at edges and extremities, but a bright, attractive copy. Item #206003
With "Contents," rather than "Contents of the Second Volume" and "indiscerpible" on p. 161 in Vol. 2.1500 copies printed for the first edition. In all copies, the mistaken chapter numbers starting after XXVIII in the table of contents in volume 2 are repeated and carried throught to the end of the book. "Though a collector's item, the book is not scarce" (Fleeman, p. 787). "Rasselas displays some of the author's finest aphoristic writing (partly in imitation of an oriental literary style) but its antithetical method is careful to leave unresolved the larger issues it handles." (Cambridge Guide to Literature in English). Fleeman 59.4R/1; Courtney & Smith p. 87.