11 - 13 July 2000
BINDINGS -- A Collection of the Statutes now in force relating to the Post Office. London: by Mark Baskett, and by the assigns of John Baskett, 1767.
12° (169 x 102mm). Title with woodcut Royal arms. (Lacking half-title.) CONTEMPORARY RED MOROCCO TOOLED TO A 'COTTAGE-ROOF' DESIGN, the centre ornament formed by a star within a pointillé circle with a heron, backward-looking phoenix and marguerite radiating from the centre and once repeated, the star and phoenix repeated at angles of the 'cottage-roof,' borders decorated with bees, moths, an urn with flowers, and flower sprays, gilt spine panels with green morocco lettering-piece, spot-marbled endpapers, gilt edges (spine slightly faded). Provenance: Maggs Bros. (tipped-in catalogue description, no. 130).
FIRST EDITION of this charmingly bound book. A second edition appeared in 1774. ESTC records only one copy of the first (BL); together with 11 other volumes, all tooled in gilt, including a Scottish 'herring-bone' and two Scottish 'wheel' bindings. (12)
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