2 vols. in small 8vo (154 x 97 mm). XX, 203 p.; 2 f., 208 p. Printed on Holland paper. 19th-century light brown polished calf gilt, signed by F. Bedford on upper flyleaf verso: double fillets round sides; spine raised on five bands, in 2nd and 3rd green morocco lettering pieces with inlaid small red oval with vol. number, in the others small tools around an urn; double fillets on edges of boards; gilt turn-ins; attractive marble paper on liners and end leaves; gilt edges. Bookplate.
Rare first edition of Sterne’s popular and influential work. He was considered the most eminent novelist of the period. The item is complete with half titles and with the rare list of subscribers. With text variant in vol. 1 (p. 150, line 12: “vous”: 1st issue) and text variant in vol. 2 (p. 133, last line: “who have”: 2nd issue). The attractive binding was executed by Francis Bedford (1799-1883), one of the most prominent and successful London bookbinders of his period. Provenance: Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928), British newspaper proprietor and bibliophile collector of books, with his bookpate in the first volume. – Apart from slight rubbing of outer edge of upper cover of vol. 2, a beautiful, spotless copy in a remarkably fine state. Ref.: Rothschild 1971-1972; Lowndes VI, 2509; Ramsden: London Bookbinders, p. 36.
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