London: J. Nourse, 1774. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Plus. Item #005289
Sharp First Edition, First issue with p. 91 in vol. 2 uncancelled. (Windle) Eight Volumes. Large 8vo., xv(3)401pp; (4)399pp; (4)403pp; (4)358pp; (4)400pp; (4)406pp; (4)368pp; (4)200 (334 Un-paginated Index) pp. Volume 6 only printed in Dublin for James Williams dated 1776 with page edges tinted green. Bound in full brown stained calf. All volumes beautifully re-backed in polished calf with 5 raised bands and 6 compartments. Title stamped in gold upon a maroon leather label in C2. Volume # upon a black leather label in C4. Gilt ruled borders. T.E.G. B&W engraved throughout. There are 97 plates present out of what seems to be a total of 101 called for though some sources call for 105, 100 or even less plates depending on the holdings in institutions. The following plate counts are an estimate of what is present and what is called for based on available sources. (OCLC, Windle) Vol.1 - One plate present though it seems none are called for. Vol.2 - Four plates present out of five called for. Vol.3 - 22 plates present - Complete Vol.4 - 40 plates present - Complete Vol.5 - Nine plates present out of 10 called for. Vol.6 - 10 plates present of 12 called for. Vol.7 - Eight plates present - Complete Vol.8 - Three plates present - Complete Square, tight and generally clean throughout with unfaded supple pages. Fairly minimal foxing, typically limited to a few spots. Some fairly moderate rubbing/scuffing to edges and tips. Spines are impeccable. Bookstore label Thornton & Son, Oxford in all volumes save vol.3. A quite handsome set and more pleasing than just a VG.