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[WORDSWORTH, William (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE (1772-1834)]. Lyrical Ballads, with A Few Other Poems. London: for J. & A. Arch (volume I) and by Biggs and Co. for T.N. Longman and O. Rees (volume II), 1798-1800.
2 volumes, 8° (151 x 90mm). Titles in cancelland volume I. (Scattered light spotting and occasional light offsetting and finger-marking, a few leaves with skilfully repaired short marginal tears, volume I, C1 with unobtrusive clean tear affecting 3 lines of text, volume I, O1-2 and volume II \Kp\k1-2 and P1-2 reguarded, volume I lacking the final leaf of advertisements O3.) 20th-century chestnut crushed morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf, the covers with triple gilt fillet borders, gilt board edges and roll-tooled gilt turn-ins, the spines gilt in 6 compartments divided by raised bands, titled in one compartment and dated at the foot, the other compartments gilt with central foliate tools within gilt fillet frames with gilt foliate corner-pieces, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITIONS, A FINELY-BOUND SET OF A 'VERY RARE' WORK (Broughton). The second issue of volume I, with the cancellans title, and the first issue of volume II, with O1 and O2 uncancelled. The first issue of volume I is known, Rothschild notes, in 'only about a dozen copies', and the second issue of the sheets with the cancellans title-page is similarly rare. Broughton 6 and 7; cf. Hayward 202 (volume I only, note); Rothschild 2603-2604. (2)
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