First edition, first state, bound from the original parts. Late 19th Century green half morocco by Riviere, London. Five raised bands, decorated compartments and titles in gilt to the spine. Double ruled in gilt to the upper and lower boards. Top edge gilt. Cover illustration, engraved frontispiece, title page vignette and 38 additional plates throughout the text by H. K. Browne. Nine line slip discussing the erroneous use of "Rigaud" for "Blandois" present here at p.465. An excellent tall copy, the binding in fine condition, the spine with a touch of fading. The contents with spotting to the endpapers, less so to the prelims are otherwise clean throughout. The plates with some darkening at the margin edges only. The original blue front and rear wrapper for part xviii bound in at the rear. A very attractive example.

With all of the internal flaws present throughout the text identifying the first issue noted in Smith. (Smith, part 1: 12).

Stock code: 19592


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