London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1824. First edition of a classic work. The first volume is primarily historical; the second is more of a printer’s manual. This book was issues in four sizes—32mo, 16mo, 8vo, and royal 8vo, the last being called “Roxburghe copies.” This is a regular octavo, i.e., the second largest size. Pages within an attractive typographic border. Corners lightly worn. A very handsome, bright set. Original brown blindstamped cloth with printed paper spine labels. Both volumes expertly recased. Two volumes, octavo. 7 ” x 4 3/8.”. xii, , ; , iv, 663, [17, index] pp. Item #15112
“The book…is too well known, and too readily accessible to need a synopsis in these pages. It abounds with information of a very useful character, spiced with conceits manifesting the originality, humour, and freshness of the author” (Bigmore and Wyman, I, 371).