1821 · Chiswick
Chiswick Press production of this enduringly popular romance, first printed in the 17th century and here illustrated with a frontispiece of Guy's statue "in the Chapel at Guy's Cliff" by S. Williams, a title-vignette of a woman sitting on a bower bench, and two pages showing his "armour, etc."
Binding: 19th-century half brown morocco and papier tourniquet paper–covered sides, gilt lettering on spine with ruling in blind, covers with blind beaded roll along leather edges; French curl marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, green ribbon placemarker.
Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of the Sondley Reference Library of Asheville, NC, on front pastedown and its embossed stamps on frontispiece, title-page, and two leaves of text; clipping of a bookseller's description on endpaper. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Bound as above, gently rubbed. Moderate age-toning with light spotting, a few unevenly trimmed leaves of text and one missing corner from paper manufacture, foxing to first and last few leaves of volume. => A strong and attractive copy of a book that's still a "good read. (Inventory #: 38427)