2 vols. London: J.Johnson, 1799. 2 vols. 8vo, vol 1 : xx, 492, plus Frontispiece and 9 plates: vol 2: xvi, 282, ii(additional note relating to p 433 of vol 1), plus Frontispiece and 9 plates (one double). Contains all 5 Blake engraved plates as called for in this 4th edition, but lacks the diagram "Section of a Coal Mine" plate at p 375 of vol 1. Very attractive set in pale green calf with gilt decorations and red labels to spines: modest wear to covers, and offsetting from plates as usual. Pamela Lister's copy with her bookplate. Fourth edition, the first in octavo and the first with the reduced re-engraved plates, five of which were by Blake, one after Fuseli (’The Fertilization of Egypt’), but strangely omitting ‘Tornado’ which had appeared in the third edition only. See Bentley 450, Essick, William Blake’s Commercial Book Engravings, XXI. Easson and Essick, William Blake Book Illustrator, II, p.88. (Inventory #: 108754)
Books and manuscripts in all fields, especially medieval illuminated and text manuscripts; material on California, Hawaii, and Pacific voyages; illustrated books and fine bindings from the 15th through the 20th century; children's books from 1750 to 1950; and fine press printing. William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Thomas Frognall Dibdin are special interests.
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