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F ever the story of any private man's ad
ventures in the world were worth making public, and were acceptable when published, the Editor of this account thinks this will be fo.
The wonders of this man's life exceeds all that (he thinks) is to be found extant; the life of one man being scarce capable of a greater variety.
The story is told with modesty, with seriousness, and with a religious application of events to the uses to which wise men always apply them; viz. to the instruction of others, by this example, and to justify and honour the wisdom of Providence in all the variety of circumstances, let them happen how they will.
The Editor believes the thing to be a just history of facts; neither is there
any appearance of fiction in it; and however thinks, because all such things are disputed, that the improvement of it, as well to the diversion, as to the instruction of the Reader, will be the same; and as such, he thinks, without farther compliment to the world, he does them a great service in the publication.
PLACING THE CUTS,
With the SUBJECT of the PLATES.
L P L A T E I. TITLE Page to Vol. I. with a beautiful Vignette, composed of the Wreck of a Ship.
· SUBJECT or PLATE II. FRONTISPIECE to Vol. I.--Robinson Crusoe taking leave of his Father and Mother.
“ My father was a wise and grave man ; gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw was my design. He called me one morning into his chamber, where he was confined by the gout, and expoftulated very warmly with me upon this subject. See page 2
SUBJECT or PLATE III.
Robinfon Crusoe shipwrecked, and clinging to a Rock.
" I recovered a little before the return of the waves ; and see. ing I should be covered again with the water, I resolved to hold fast by a piece of the rock.” See page 56.
SUBJECT OF PLATE IV.
Robinson Crusoe upon his Raft.
Having plundered the ship of what was portable and fit to hand out, Ì began with the cables ; and cutting the great cable in pieces, such as I could move, I got two cables and a hawser on fhore, with all the iron-work I could get ; and having cut down the sprit-fail yard, and the mizen-yard, and every thing I could to make a large rait, I loaded it with all the heavy goods, and came away." See page 69.