Auntique & Uncle Tony

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Pompeian Bronze

Circa 1920

“Robinson Crusoe”

Price: $1550 / pr

“Robinson Crusoe”   By  Pompeian Bronze, circa 1920.  Bronze clad. Measures 9-1/2” high x  5” wide x 3-1/2” deep.  Weighs 6-1/2 lbs the pair. Inscription on back: Pompeian Bronze ©.  Fabulous detail of Daniel Defoe’s legendary character, shown here with the supplies and rifle he took from the ship, and the parrot who adopted him. Extremely rare bookends in wonderful condition.

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In 1719, Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, was one of the first novels to be published in the English language.  It is probably the 2nd best selling book of all time (after the Bible.).

 

The full title:

 “The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York,. Mariner:

Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river, Oroonoque; having been cast on shore by shipwreck, wherein all the men perished but himself.  With an account of how he was at last strangely deliver’d by pyrates.  Written by himself.”

In this fictional autobiography, Crusoe gives his account of being the only survivor of a shipwreck in 1659 on a remote tropical island near Venezuela. As the only survivor, he managed to salvage supplies, tools and weapons from the ship before it sank.  The story recounts his adventures of the 28 years spent on the island. 

The immediate reception of Defoe’s novel was overwhelming.  Within a few years, it had reached an audience as wide as any book ever written in English.  By the end of the 19th century, Robinson Crusoe had generated more editions, spinoffs and translations than any other book in the history of Western literature.