London: Henry Colburn, 1848.
Leather bound. 7 3/4" X 4 7/8". iv, 344pp. Halfbound in leather with marbled paper over boards. Spine lettered in gilt. Very heavy scattered rubbing and edgewear to binding, rubbed to boards at corners and several other places. Mild soiling and sunning. Heavy foxing and toning to endpapers, with mild occasional foxing throughout. Hawkshead Institute set of rules for subscribers pasted in to front paste-down. Binding is tight and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Volume I of two volumes. A portrait of life and manners in the English country. From the Preface: "There is no greater source of original character than the country in England presents; to preserve this, while we advance the labouring classes by education, is a work worthy of the possessors of the soil of this great Empire. The HALL may, and must, do much to elevate the HAMLET, and the Hamlet, in a more enlightened and propserous condition, can add much to the interest of living at the Hall." Good. Item #1781