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Title: The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia Title Record # 1316586
Author: Samuel Johnson
Date: 1759-00-00
Type: NOVEL
Webpages: Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Note: "[T]he pirated American edition of 1768 was the first to name Rasselas on its title page; but in fact the heading of the first page of text of every edition published in Johnson's lifetime reads: "The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia". For convenience and recognizability Johnson's tale is referred to elsewhere in this encyclopedia as simply Rasselas (1759)." --SFE3, biographical entry by John Clute and Peter Nicholls --SFE3 lists these full titles from early title pages: The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale (1759) The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: An Asiatic Tale (1768) The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: A Tale (1787)
Synopsis: Telling how Rasselas and his companions escape from the bland pleasures of their perfectly happy valley in Abissinia to Egypt to study how people live, the book is a parable and a pilgrimage in which all manner of subjects are discussed flying machines, poetry, marriage, madness. Rasselas embodies Dr Johnson's most powerful and heart-warming qualities: his tragic sense of life, his justice, his wisdom which is never boring or solemn, and his miraculous ability to balance humour with sympathy in weighing up some of life's more mysterious problems what is happiness and how can we find it?
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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Shorter Novels: Eighteenth Century 1930-00-00 Philip Henderson J. M. Dent & Sons (Everyman's Library #856)     xii+
306
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni  
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia 1976-00-00 Samuel Johnson Penguin Books (Penguin English Library) 0-14-043108-X 0.60 157
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
novel  
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia 1985-00-00 Samuel Johnson Penguin Books (Penguin Classics #24) 0-14-043108-X 4.99 156
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel John Frederick Lewis Checkmark
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia 2005-03-04 Samuel Johnson Dover Publications 0-486-44094-X $5.95 viii+
99
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
Shorter Novels: Eighteenth Century 2010-12-27 Philip Henderson Project Gutenberg 34766 $0.00  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
omni  
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia 2013-01-31 Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Project Gutenberg 652 $0.00  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
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