London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme by W. Savage, 1809.
First edition. Title vignette. iv, 87, [1, ads] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Fine Copy in Booklover's Shop Binding. Circa 1914 full crushed brown morocco, gilt, a.e.g., the rest uncut, by the Booklover's Shop (signed in gilt on front and rear turn-ins "Bound by The Booklovers Shop Cleveland. Hardy Maillard Pilon"). Small paper repair to margin of title, else fine. Jackson 16; Neuburg 5; Windle and Pippin A11a. Provenance: Henry Alden Sherwin (morocco booklabel). Item #306695
An amusing work; Dibdin's best known. The real action takes place in the footnotes, so copious and detailed that they overwhelm the main text. This copy finely bound by Henry Hardy, Leon Maillard, and Gaston Pilon of the Booklover's Shop bindery in Cleveland. The bindery traces its lineage back to The Club Bindery, founded in 1895 by members of the Grolier Club to provide exceptionally fine binding for American collectors. The Club Bindery moved to Cleveland, where it was successively renamed the Rowfant Bindery (1909-1913), the Booklover's Shop (1914-1917), and finally, The French Binders (1918-1920s), as in-house bindery to Doubelday in Garden City, New York (cf. Martin Antonetti's essay in Bound to Be the Best: The Club Bindery).
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