With Illustrations by J. E. Millais.London : 1862 Stock Code: 32310
NotesFirst edition, first issue, an exceptionally good copy. Unusually, the two volumes were published nearly ten months apart, and subsequent re-issues of each volume did not proceed in step, with the result is that sets often have the two volumes in mismatched issues. Sadleir claims priority for copies with the grain of the cloth perpendicular for vol. I and horizontal for vol. II, but his bibliographical reasoning is, for once, unconvincing. The text in both volumes of this set conforms entirely to the first issue (i.e. copies bound from parts), in matching bindings in which the grain of the cloth runs perpendicularly on both.
2 volumes, octavo. Original purple wavy-grained cloth, the grain running perpendicularly for both volumes, covers blocked with conventional frame design in blind, on spines with farming designs and lettered in gold, pale yellow endpapers.
Without publisher's catalogue sometimes found at end of vol. I ("cannot … be regarded as essential" - Sadleir); 40 wood-engraved illustrations, with first state captions throughout.
Spines inevitably and very lightly sunned, a fine set: rare thus.
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