2 vols in one, 8vo, pp. I: xii, 520, II: , 500; minor spotting, old repair to vol. II title, short marginal tears to I, 2A1, and II, B1-2; a very good set, together in recent calf-backed boards with non-pareil marbled sides, spine lettered directly in gilt; minimal rubbing at extremities; contemporary annotations to I, p. 324, early ink stamps partially erased.
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Memoirs of the private and public Life of William Penn.
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