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Published:Groombridge and Sons
Six volumes complete (1851-1864) - Volume One - iv, 364pp, sixty plates; Volume Two - iv, 360pp, sixty plates; Volume Three - iv, 391pp, , fifty-nine plates; Volume Four - iv, 330pp, sixty-two plates; Volume Five - iv, 315pp, , fifty-seven plates and Volume Six - xii, 290pp, sixty plates. Slightly later uniform full morocco, bevelled boards, raised bands, spines in six panels, title lettered direct to second panel, oval volume label to fourth, remaining panels with flower head centre and volute corner pieces, covers with outer double fillet border and inner double frame with fleuron corner pieces, gilt roll to edges, rope roll to inner edges, all edges gilt spot pattern marbled endpapers. Spines faded, rubbed, occasionally heavily, volume six chipped to head with some loss, one or two splits to joints but all holding well, lacking volume label to volumes one and two. Internally occasional hints of foxing, but generally clean and bright. Previous owners armorial bookplate to front pastedown of volume one (Ravensworth Castle). Complete with all plates called for. Originally issued in monthly parts from June 1850, reissues commenced before the completion of the first edition in six volumes, ie. 1856-62, 1863-64 and 1865-66, they were not entitled 2nd edition (Mullens and Swan). Mullens and Swan:417; Nissen IVB:645