We have twelve new prints in our OPG inventory, representing the surprising events in the life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe. These handcolroed engravings were printed for Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Each print reads “Published at the act directs, January 18, 1783.”
“The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” was issued in book form by The Albion Press several times between 1782 and 1809. This set of Bowles prints was one of the earlier issues. After Daniel Defoe wrote the fictional Crusoe’s adventures (which were based upon the real-life saga of Alexander Selkirk), the story became one of the most popular of the late 18th century.