16mo. in eights, pp. , 280, engraved title-page (foxed) by J. Gellatly after J. M.W. Turner; Mauchline binding in ‘Caledonian’ Tartan boards, red leather spine, gilt edges, a fine example. Stereotyped and printed by Stevenson & Company, 32 Thistle Street, Edinburgh.
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