Boston, MA: John Boyle, 1774. Octavo; G/no-DJ leather-bound; Ex-Libris; Light brown spine with black hand-written text; Covers clean - all things considered - with shelfwear and edgewear, leather easily flakes off, rubbing at corners, chipping at both ends of spine, front cover leather worn and and dried out in places, wear uneven, heaviest wear along the edges and close to the top edge, one patch worn down several layers, texturally different - dry and coarse, lower two cords of binding have snapped, front cover hanging on by top 1st and 3rd cords only, spine has raised bands, leather worn unevenly, slight crack along center of spine, hand-lettered title is faded, both ends chipped and exposed, back cover leather worn unevenly, patchy dryness along edge of spine, back cover secured by 1st, 3rd, and 5th cords, the 2nd and 4th snapped, greatest wear along the edges of the back cover, long scratches run the width of the book, possible evidence of speckling along fore edge; Textblock darkened by age, sweet musty odor prevalent, bookplate affixed to front pastedown dating back to 1869, light wave to page suggests either water damage or exposure to humid conditions, pages age-toned, predisposed to stick together, and difficult to turn, some pages have been rendered partially translucent, mild-to-moderate foxing peppers the textblock, in addition to bookplate, name of another previous owner is inscribed on front pastedown, additionally a book seal is imprinted on the title page, front and back pastedowns bear the remnants of either a fancier pastedown, a frontispiece, a flyleaf, or a protective piece of tissue that has stuck in odd clumps to the pastedowns, the rear pastedown detritus has two small dark patches near the fore edge that look like some sort of mold, all edges show signs of wear, covers holding on by threads; pp 480. Rockville Non-Retail Listings. (Inventory #: 13-38-1261011)
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