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STERNE, Laurence.]
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
York & London: R. and J. Dodsley, T. Becket and P. A. Dehondt, 1760-67. 9 volumes, small octavo (148 x 92 mm). Uniformly bound in contemporary tree calf, smooth spines with single gilt rules, red morocco lettering-pieces, green morocco numbering-pieces. Housed in a red morocco-backed book-form folding case, fleece-lined, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Armorial engraved bookplates of Earl Waldegrave. Expert restoration to joints, extremities, and labels; vols. V and VI neatly rebacked to style with original labels laid down. Contents with the occasional small stain or spot of foxing, otherwise generally clean and fresh internally. A very good copy. Engraved frontispiece issued with vol. III bound in vol. IV; with E5, vol. I, printed black on both sides; with the inserted unsigned leaf, marbled both sides, between L4 and L5, vol. III; L2r, vol. VI, left blank for the reader's imaginary portrait of the widow Wadman; with half-titles as called for, but without initial blank in vol. V (as per the Rothschild copy). First edition, first state throughout, with Sterne's signature in ink in vols. V, VII and IX as called for. Sterne signed those volumes to protect his book from piracy. The episodic nature of its publication means that Tristram Shandy is rare in first edition throughout. Sets in uniform bindings were necessarily bound after completion of the entire publication; on stylistic grounds, the attractive tree-calf bindings appear contemporary, certainly late 18th-century. Rothschild 1970. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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