The Adventures of Roderick Random … in two Volumes … The second Edition.

London: Printed for J. Osborn … 1748.

2 vols., 12mo., pp. xxiii, [1], 324; xii, 372, with a frontispiece to each volume; gathering H in volume II browned, else a good copy in contemporary calf, ruled in gilt, spines of both volumes chipped at head, front board to volume I detached.


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Second edition, with ‘major imaginative changes’, and frontispieces which appear here for the first time. Even though there were only a few weeks between the first and second editions, Smollett found time to make a number of significant corrections in the text, on average about one substantive change for every two to three pages, mainly to improve characterisation or style. See O. M. Brack, Jr. and James B. Davis in PBSA, LXIV (1970), 295-311.

Two settings of sheet B in volume I have been identified: this is setting ‘α’, with the readings ‘an highland seer’ (volume I, page 2, line 2) and ‘foretold’ (volume I, page 2, line 20): see The Library, Series 5, XXVIII (1973), 309-18.

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