Two vols., 8vo., pp. xxxi, [i], 395, ; viii, 423, , wood-engraved vignettes on titles and 4 engraved plates; a rather dusty but serviceable copy with the top of both half-titles made up and one or two marginal notes in biro in the second volume; old binders cloth.
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