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WALPOLE, Horace.
The Castle of Otranto, a Gothic Story. Translated by William Marshal, gent. from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, canon of the church Of St. Nicholas at Otranto.
Parma: Printed by Bodoni, for J. Edwards, bookseller of London, 1791. Parma: Printed by Bodoni, for J. Edwards, bookseller of London,, 1791. The finest 18th-century edition Quarto (245 x 158 mm). Contemporary green straight-grain morocco, spine lettered in gilt, double gilt fillet to covers, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Engraved frontispiece. Bookplate of the banker Thomas Hammersley (1747-1812), old catalogue description pasted to front endpaper. Half-title present. Spine and extremities a little rubbed, some light foxing, small stain at foot of frontispiece, yet overall a lovely copy. First Parma edition, second state with 1791 title page (a couple of copies known with 1790 title page). With a print run of 300 copies on paper, and a further six on vellum, the Parma edition has long been a favourite of book collectors, well-margined and attractively printed, and often found in handsome contemporary bindings. The printer, Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813), was influenced by John Baskerville in typography and book design, with his books esteemed both in their own time and since. Walpole's work, the foundation text of the gothic genre, was first published in 1764. ESTC T131070; Rothschild 2492.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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