Small 4to, pp. 36, with an engraved frontispiece showing the fragment, bound in later wrappers.
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First edition of Nixon’s essay on the well preserved fragment of an ancient marble seat, with a Greek inscription, unearthed in a Northamptonshire field by a farmer ploughing.
Not in Borroni; not in Cicognara.
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