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The Prince Of Abissinia. A Tale. The Seventh Edition.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Uniform Title


Variant Title

History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia


London:: Printed For J.F. And C. Rivington, J. Dodsley, T. Longman, And G. And T. Wilkie., MDCCLXXXVI.

Physical Description

viii, 304 p.; 176 mm. (Duodecimo.)


[T.p.] - Contents - [Text].


ESTC, T139514

Summary Note

The better-known titles of the work are given in the caption-title, 'The History of Rasselas, Prince Of Abissinia', and running head, 'Rasselas, Prince Of Abissinia'. The text, a novella by Samuel Johnson, was first published in 1759. It describes the travels of a prince, Rasselas, and a philosopher, Imlac, and their search for an understanding of happiness.


This was electronically reproduced in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1983 (Woodbridge: Research Publications).


The title page is inscribed in ink, top right, 'J Reynolds', and bottom right, 'Jane Palmer'. The front pastedown carries the bookplate of 'Edward Robert Pearce Edgcumbe, of Somerleigh' and that of the Royal Academy of Arts, which is inscribed in ink, 'Presented by A.P. Edgcumbe, Esq.; Oct. 1950.'

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Rasselas'.


Ethiopians - Travellers - Philosophers - Ethiopia - History
Philosophy - Happiness
Novels, English - Great Britain - 18th century


Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
Thomas Longman, publisher
George Wilkie, publisher
James Dodsley, publisher
Sir Edward Robert Pearce Edgcumbe, previous owner
Aubrey P. Edgcumbe C.M.G., C.B.E., previous owner, donor
Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, previous owner
Jane Palmer, previous owner
G. and T. Wilkie, publisher
J. F. and C. Rivington, publisher