Under current restrictions, our shops are closed to the public, but we are still processing online, telephone and email orders as normal.



In Four Volumes.

London: for A. Millar, 1752 Stock Code: 90453
Reserve Ask us a question

First edition of Fielding's last novel, published 19 December 1751: though primarily the story of a troubled marriage, Amelia may also be considered the first novel of social protest and reform in English. Fielding also showed interest in the debate on female intelligence and education in the novel, through the prodigious Virgil-quoting figure of Mrs Atkinson. Another theme of the novel is the extortionary practices of prison keepers, and its influence is particularly strong on the great novels of Dickens's middle period, Bleak House and Little Dorrit. Millar ordered William Strahan to print the work on two of his printing presses in order to produce a total of 5,000 copies for the first run of the work. Rothschild claims that there were two impressions, one in December 1751, the second in January 1752, but this seems to be a confusion with the second edition of 3,000 copies which Millar ordered to follow on the heels of the first but subsequently cancelled. Sets in this excellent condition are not common. From the library of American composer of musical theatre and rare book collector Jerome Kern with his book label to each front pastedown.

Confused? Read our glossary


4 volumes, duodecimo (166 x 98 mm). Contemporary tree calf, twin red and black morocco labels, raised bands, spines elaborately gilt in compartments, single gilt rule to boards, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers. Housed in a brown morocco box lettered in gilt and with a cloth jacket for each volume.


A little rubbing to extremities, few small single wormholes to the spines, toning to endleaves, occasional faint spot and light offsetting. An excellent set.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details



Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220

ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book