Publisher: London: Published by W. H. Carpenter; Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, 1820.
Edition: One of two rival editions to appear almost simultaneously in 1820, priority not established. The other was edited by Edmond Malone and published by John Murray, but this edition by Carpenter is the superior text. See the ODNB.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 1749; Lowndes, page 2475.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 27644
Description2 vols, 8vo, later full brown morocco by H. Wood, spines in six compartments with gilt-stamped floral designs, gilt inner dentelles, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Frontis portrait, as called for, and extra-illustrated with 188 plates.
Comments¶ One of the great works of 18th century literary anecdotal literature by one of the most interesting of the era’s literary figures, Joseph Spence (1699-1768). An ideal work for extra-illustration, of which this is an excellent example, with quality engravings.