Very Good.  leaves, chiefly illustrations and facsimiles. Old 1/2 leather (marbled boards with leather backstrip and corners. 28cm. Edges rubbed as are all parts of the binding (which is still quite sound). Some splitting toward base of front joint. Contents clean. Gift inscription in a small neat hand on blank leaf preceding title-page: "To my dearly beloved wife Lucy Ann Wetmore A Memorial of her life long affection From her husband Prosper M. Wetmore."
100 color & b/w plates. Good. London: Henry G. Bohn. 1852. Second Edition Thus. H Half Leather. Good. Good in leather/boards (wear to head of spine/covers/corners). 4to [ca. 200]p p+pl Spine title: Smith's Historical and Literary Curiosities. Title page ( continued): Consisting of Fac-Similes of Original Documents; Scenes of Remarkable Events and Interesting Localities; and the Birth-Places, Residences, Portraits, and Monuments, of Eminent Literary Characters; with a Variety of Reliques and Antiquities Connected with the Same Subjects. The second Bohn edition (first was in 1840); originally published by William Pickering in 1836. See BMC, volume 23, page 754, columns 121-122. Notable for the few hand-colored plates within. Bound in 3/4 dark brown morocco over dark red cockerell boards, gilt-stamped spine, covers ruled gilt, plain light brown en dpapers, t.e.g. Exterior as noted (wear chiefly to head of spine and corners, slight pull to binding at foot of spine); inner hinges weakening and reinforced with cloth, few signatures shaken and weakening at spine, slight uninform internal browning and/or foxing, generally unaffecting plates; else an admirably serviceable copy. Smith (1803-38), English engraver and antiquarian, student of Charles Pye; noted for his views of London buildings and various antiquarian studies; elected to the F.S.A. in 1837. DNB LIII, 26; H oufe, page 458.
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