Portrait of the Celebrated Moll Flanders Taken from Life in NewgateThe famous Moll Flanders, of beauty the boast/ Belov'd and distinguish'd, long flourish'd the toast [...]
Engraving with 20pp letterpress, sheets 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"), large margins.
Extract from Daniel Defoe's novel 'Moll Flanders' (1722) with a portrait 'Taken from Life in Newgate'. The novel was based partially on the life of Moll King, a criminal who Defoe met at Newgate prison. In the novel, Moll becomes an expert in attracting men, making several marriages that take her to America, amongst other adventures. In later life she becomes a thief, and is arrested but avoids the death sentence and is transported to the colonies, where she makes a good end, acquiring a farm in Maryland. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812).
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