Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, for Cadell and Davies, 1800. Second edition. 17 cm. (4), [5]-31, (1), [1]-89, (3), [1]-34 pp. Two woodcut plates, plus head- and tail-piece woodcut vignettes. Full contemporary green straight-grained morocco (spine darkened), single gilt filet on covers and flat spine, gilt title on spine, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt, with a colored painting of a pastoral village scene hidden under the gilt fore-edges. Some foxing to text. Tranlsated from the Italian by William Roscoe (his translation on rectos, original Italian on facing pages). Old pencil note on verso of front endpaper states it was bound by [Henry] Walther. Weber (pp. 43 & 118) says Walther, a German bookbinder was working in London by 1800, and was known to produce morocco-bound books "whose fore-edges we now find decorated with hidden paintings." A very good copy. Item #59869

Price: $500.00

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