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Defoe Daniel The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

There is a fascination with the idea of Robinson Crusoe who must face what it is to be human as a stranded man on a deserted island. Daniel Defoe’s protagonist exudes perseverance and the will to survive in The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. This title poses some lively challenges for the collector in that there are a variety of early publications. Even the early 1719 publication printed for W. Taylor (London) is noted to be a third edition with the extended title: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. It has a copper-engraved frontispiece with a cover in brown leather which sells for $1000-$2000. Many later copies were issued by many different publishers (Stockdale, Mackenzie, and others) and deserve close looks for the price of $100-$1000. Wading through misleading “first edition” claims requires an informed eye; there are many versions and diverse appearances for this popular 18th century novel.

We collected a sample of 16 auction results of Defoe, Daniel's The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $112 and the highest overall price realized was $2750. The overall average price was $733 and the median price realized for the book was $405. There were 5 auctions (56%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 2 auctions (22%) exceeding the high estimates, and 2 auctions (22%) within the range of the low and high estimates.

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann June 14, 2016 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Davies 1820 $400-$600 $390 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 2, 2016 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Written By Himself London John Stockdale 1804 $400-$600 $330 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2015 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London David Bogue 1847 $500-$750 $2750 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann June 21, 2012 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe 1820 $250-$350 $600 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 18, 2011 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London Fairburn 1819 - $2750 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 22, 2011 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London Stockdale 1790 - $390 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 29, 2010 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London Stockdale 1790 - $321 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 14, 2010 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Wellington Independent Office 1852 - $976 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA January 7, 2010 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London T. Cadell and W. Davies 1820 $200-$300 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 24, 2009 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London Stockdale 1804 - $834 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London Routledge, Warne, and Routledge 1864 $500-$800 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Written By Himself London John Stockdale 1804 $400-$700 $360 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 27, 2007 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Mackenzie 1777 - $513 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA April 27, 2006 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. With an Account of His Travels Round Three Parts of the Globe. Written by Himself. London Chiswick Press 1812 $300-$500 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 20, 2005 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe London Stockdale 1790 - $112 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann December 2, 2004 Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Written By Himself London John Stockdale 1804 $300-$500 $288 Swann Copies for Sale