London: Printed for A. Strahan; T. Cadell in the Strand; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1787. xlviii,-372pp. Large octavo. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt extra, with five decorated gilt spine compartments and gilt black morocco label. Portrait, with tissue guard. Minor wear along the upper joint, early ink price ('7/6') in extreme upper forecorner of front pastedown, a couple of early instances of marginal highlighting, small discoloration at fore-edge of leaves M2-4, otherwise a quite nice, very good or better copy. The "third edition," but the first edition printed in London, following the editions from Kilmarnock (1786), Edinburgh (1787), Belfast and Dublin (1787), and distribution of some of Creech's copies of the Edinburgh edition through the London trade. Egerer, based on scrutiny of advertisements and the like, suggests this edition appeared in November. The substantial list of subscribers (pp. xi-xlviii) is testament to the measure of enthusiasm with which this edition was anticipated. While not a scarce book in ordinary condition, it is uncommon in this condition. EGERER 5. ESTC T91546. NCBEL II:1991. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76087)
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