London: W. H. Carpenter, 1820.
First Edition. Leather bound. 8 5/8" X 5 1/2". xxxix, 501pp. Bound in circa 19th century full polished calf with boards ruled in gilt. Spine lettered in gilt over black. Five raised bands and gilt floral designs to spine. Inner dentelles in blind. Edges speckled. Marbled endpapers. Circular amorial bookplate of William Twopenny ("Virtute et Industria") to front pastedown and armorial bookplate of Marinus Wilet Dominick ("Non Nobis Solum") dated 1906 to rear pastedown. Moderate edgewear to binding, with darkening and flaking to spine. Both hinges cracking at top edges, binding remains firm and sound. Frontispiece portrait of Joseph Spence, offset to title page. Foxing to frontispiece and occasional light spot of foxing, else pages clean and unmarked. Pencilled sale and bookseller notations to blank pages. A note about editions: another edition, incomplete, was prepared by Edmund Malone and published on the same day as this full transcript edition. A quite stunningly bound copy of Joseph Spence's famed collection of anecdotes, edited and with a biography of Joseph Spence by scholar Samuel Weller Singer. Very good. Item #2088