1800 · London
New edition" of Christopher Anstey's popular, good-humored "New Bath Guide," an epistolary poem about the Blunderhead family's adventures in Bath originally published in 1766 and still in print today. => This edition bears five humorous engraved plates by Tayler after Baynes dated 1 September 1797. Advertisements for books by Vernor and Hood follow the poem; the volume is printed on wove paper with watermark date of 1798.
Provenance: Inked inscription "H.H.L.C.—" on title-page; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T83541. Late 19th-century half red morocco and marbled paper covered boards, modest gilt stamping, ruling, and lettering; marbled endpapers matching cover paper, all edges marbled. Very light rubbing. Plates variably with foxing and a narrow border of old waterstaining, offsetting from this and from the engravings themselves (again "variably") to nearby leaves; text otherwise clean save in last section where faded evidence shows old water exposure more generally. Ownership note as above, a few small pencil marks on endpapers and a flourish highlighting one quatrain. (Inventory #: 37823)