8vo, pp. , [ix]-lxx, , [1 (blank)], 271, , 4 (advertisements); with numerous woodcut illustrations in text; a very clean copy in contemporary green hard-grained morocco, boards blocked in blind, spine in compartments, lettered directly in gilt in one, others tooled in blind, board-edges roll-tooled in gilt, sewn on 3 sunken cords, edges gilt with ?20th-century concealed fore-edge painting signed ‘M’; rubbed at extremities, corners slightly bumped, joints split with short tear to rear free endpaper; near-contemporary bookplate to upper pastedown with monogram ‘CS’ within garter bearing motto ‘spes in extremum’, late 19th- or early 20th-century booklabel of William Willis, Temple.
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