London: John Pine [Iohannes Pine], 1733-37. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Item #18210
Two volumes. Contemporary full crimson leather, intricately tooled in a 'cottage' design on all boards. Sometime rebacked in matching leather. The reback is itself a work of art: The spines are in 6 compartments, separated by raised bands tooled in gilt. The second compartments contain the title bordered in simple gilt lines; the third contain the volume numbers surrounded by intricate gilt corners; and the remaining compartments are filled with gilt tooling in repeating designs and echoing the 18th century board designs. Original marbled endpapers. Gilt rolls along edges and inner dentelles. The text is entirely engraved and complemented by engraved initials, head and tail pieces, text illustrations and full page frontispieces. First issue, with the misprint on p. 108 of Vol. II. Light wear to boards. A fine and handsome copy of a fine and handsome edition. ESYC T46226.