10 December 1999
STERNE, Laurence (1713-1768). The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. York and London: various imprints, 1760-67.
9 volumes, 12o (151 x 90 mm. [Vols. 1-4]; 148 x 92 mm. [Vols. 5-9]). Vols. 1-4 are uniformly bound in contemporary mottled calf, unlettered except for volume numbers; Vols. 5-9 are uniformly bound in contemporary calf, with volume numbers and lettering pieces on spines; two matching quarter morocco folding cases. Provenance: W. Fendick (signature in vols. 5-9, dated 1811).
FIRST EDITIONS, with half-titles as called for in Vols. 4, 5, 6, and 9; marbled leaff in third volume; SIGNED BY STERNE as usual at first page of text in Vols. 5, 7, and 9; first state of Vol. 7; a1 in Vol. 9 in variant state (a). Rothschild 1970.
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