London: Robert Bent, 1839. First edition. Title-page in black and red, with vignette of old books and scrolls, with a bust of Shakespeare in the background. Corners lightly worn, small tears along joints near top edge. A very good copy, tight and clean. Publisher's brown cloth with covers and spine ruled in blind and with title in gilt on spine. Octavo. iv, 415,  pp. Item #15456
"Modern book trade bibliography starts with William Bent (1747-1823) who first compiled The London Catalogue in 1773" (Pollard & Ehrman, The Distribution of Books by Catalogue from the Invention of Printing to A.D. 1800, Cambridge, 1956).