Twelve vols. Edinburgh: Robert Cadell; London: Houlston & Stoneman, 1842-47. Twelve vols., large 8vo., viii, -674; viii, -676; vi, -; viii, -685; viii, -580; vi, -617; viii, -727; vii, -600; viii, -728; viii, -588; vi, -614; vii, -524 pp., each volume with a steel engraved frontis with tissue guard, and woodcut pictorial title-page, 120 steel engravings, and over 1800 woodcuts including headpieces, tailpieces and full-page illustrations, many ornamental initials and typographic flourishes. Contemporary green morocco, with hand-tooled floral pattern panels in gilt, backstrip with five raised bands and panels stamped in gilt with decorations, volume number, and title, gilt dentelles, and marbled endpapers, a.e.g., and blue silk page marker.A stunning set, beautifully bound and nearly perfect internally, some very faint rubbing at the joints and corners of a few volumes, really as good as it gets. Bookplate of Tynemouth Public Library to front pastedown of each volume, and with library stamps to verso of the title-page. The “Abbotsford Edition,” extra illustrated with many “real localities” of the scenes, and copied portraits “of his personages.” Some of the artists include Daniel Maclise, Robert Buss, Hablot Browne, Henry Sargent, Joseph Paton, Frederick Fairholt, Alexander Fussell, William Prior et al. Among the engravers are Miller, Bramdard, Goodall, Horsburgh, et al. (Inventory #: 108379)
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