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The History of Moll Flanders, &c.

Title Page of The History of Moll Flanders, &c.

The extended title for Daniel Defoe's The History of Moll Flanders,&c., published in England in about 1760, includes a synopsis of the main character’s “Life of continued Variety for threescore Years.” A prostitute and a thief in England, Flanders is repeatedly imprisoned and whipped, and only avoids a death sentence by being transported as a convict to Virginia. A woodcut on the title page depicts Flanders as a rich gentlewoman, while in the background she is shown in her previous life, being whipped and facing the hangman’s noose.This nineteen-page edition is a condensed version of Defoe's original novel, which is titled The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1722) and written as if it were a memoir by Flanders.

Citation: The History of Moll Flanders, &c., PR3404 .M625 1760, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Daniel Defoe

Created: ca. 1760

Medium: Book title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Back Cover of The History of Moll Flanders, &c.

The back cover of Daniel Defoe's The History of Moll Flanders, &c., published in England in about 1760, includes a woodcut of the title character as a gentlewoman. This edition is a condensed version of Defoe's The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1722), a novel that chronicles the adventures of Moll Flanders, a thief and prostitute who is transported to Virginia. Though Flanders grows rich by crime, she eventually "lived honest, and dy'd a Penitent."

Citation: The History of Moll Flanders, &c., PR3404 .M625 1760, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Daniel Defoe

Created: ca. 1760

Medium: Woodcut

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Title Page of The History of Moll Flanders, &c.

    The extended title for Daniel Defoe's The History of Moll Flanders,&c., published in England in about 1760, includes a synopsis of the main character’s “Life of continued Variety for threescore Years.” A prostitute and a thief in England, Flanders is repeatedly imprisoned and whipped, and only avoids a death sentence by being transported as a convict to Virginia. A woodcut on the title page depicts Flanders as a rich gentlewoman, while in the background she is shown in her previous life, being whipped and facing the hangman’s noose.This nineteen-page edition is a condensed version of Defoe's original novel, which is titled The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1722) and written as if it were a memoir by Flanders.

    Citation: The History of Moll Flanders, &c., PR3404 .M625 1760, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Daniel Defoe

    Created: ca. 1760

    Medium: Book title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Back Cover of The History of Moll Flanders, &c.

    The back cover of Daniel Defoe's The History of Moll Flanders, &c., published in England in about 1760, includes a woodcut of the title character as a gentlewoman. This edition is a condensed version of Defoe's The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1722), a novel that chronicles the adventures of Moll Flanders, a thief and prostitute who is transported to Virginia. Though Flanders grows rich by crime, she eventually "lived honest, and dy'd a Penitent."

    Citation: The History of Moll Flanders, &c., PR3404 .M625 1760, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Daniel Defoe

    Created: ca. 1760

    Medium: Woodcut

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections