8vo, pp. vii,  (blank), , 227, title-page a little dust-soiled but a very good copy in contemporary cat’s paw calf, modestly gilt spine with red label. Contemporary ownership signature of John Savage to head of preface.
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An Inquiry into the Real and Imaginary Obstruction to the Acquisition of the Arts in England.
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