Small folio, pp.35, , engraved border and vignette on title and twelve other attractive engravings; near-fine in the original quarter black morocco and sienna buckram by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt vignette to front cover, small, unobtrusive stain to rear cover; text ‘in Poliphilus Roman and New Hellenic Greek’, printed on ‘Arnold’s mould-made paper'.
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First edition, No. 308 of 750 copies. Cockalorum 177.
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