London: Printed for Private Distribution, 1871. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. Item #23475 .
Folio. l, 183,(1)pp. The final page is a list of additions and corrections. Illustrated with 22 full page magnificent chromolithographed plates, 18 uncolored plates, and text illustrations. Contemporary half leather binding by Riviere, spine in 7 compartments with raised bands, gilt; pebble grain victorian cloth sides, marbled endpapers in a snail pattern, top edge gilt. A preliminary notice by Augustus Franks provides an obituary of Felix Slade, who died just before this work was completed. This is followed by Slade's Preface and by Nesbit's History of Glassmaking, a comprehensive view. Tipped onto a preliminary blank is a printed letter by Franks addressed in manuscript to Frederick Tucker, Esq, of 91 Victoria Street, presenting this volume to him.
The protective tissues to the plates are generally foxed, which has lightly offset to the plates and sometimes to the the adjoining text page. Thankfully the foxing is very light and kept mostly in the plate margins. Otherwise, aside from some scuffing of the leather, this is a near fine exemplar.