Two volumes. Second Edition (4th Thousand) London: John Murray. Two volumes (complete). Half leather with brown label to spines. Marbled boards. The binding is signed “Mudie.” Has bookplate to the front end of Christ’s Hospital West Horsham (an English Public school in Sussex) and second bookplate showing that this came from the bequest of James Knight in 1918 (He was a pupil at the school from 1842-1849). Black and white illus. throughout. Titles, adverts to verso, preface to second edition, contents, index to rear of volume II. The original binding of this work would have had 32 pages of adverts dated January 1876. These are NOT present in this rebound copy.
A nice clean set. The spines and leather corners have some rubbing to them, but are still attractive, and the bindings are firm. Internally clean and tidy throughout. The bookplates have some shelf reference marks to them. Each volume has the embossed crest of Christ’s Hospital to the title page. Otherwise clean and tidy throughout, with just a touch of foxing to the volumes.
The text was extensively altered for the second edition of 1875, and the format was reduced to the usual crown octavo. This is the final text and later issues, to 1899, are from stereos. Collation: xiv, 1-473 [i]., x, 1-495, [i]. pp