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PERCY, Thomas (editor).
London R. and J. Dodsley. FIRST EDITION 1762, 2 volumes, complete set, editied by Thomas Percy. Small 8vo, approximately 160 x 100 mm, 6¼ x 3¾ inches, frontispiece of Chinese characters in Volume I, 4 engraved Chinese characters on each title page, pages: [22], [2], 3-232; [4], [4] 5-248, [1] - Corrigenda, full contemporary calf, maroon gilt lettered labels, gilt volume numbers and rules between raised bands to spine, double gilt rules to edges of covers. Bindings slightly rubbed and stained, tiny crack to head and tail of upper hinge of volume 1, and tiny chip to head of spine, small crack at foot of both hinges, covers still firmly attached, oval ink library stamp (Societe de Lecture de Geneve) and small neat numbers in old ink underneath title pages, pale foxing to title in Volume 1, pale staining to pastedown, endpapers and last 3 pages of Volume 1, pale staining to margins of pastedown, endpapers and title page of Volume 2, inner margin of frontispiece has pale stain, otherwise a very good tight set. Thomas Percy (1729 –1811), chaplain to George III and later Bishop of Dromore in Northern Ireland, friend of Dr Johnson and James Boswell, is famous for Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) based on an old manuscript collection of ballads. Early in his career he published 'Hao Kiou Choaan, or The Pleasing History', a heavily revised and annotated version of a manuscript translation of the 'Haoqiu zhuan', which is the first full publication in English of a Chinese novel. The Miscellaneous Pieces tackles the language and drama of the Chinese, their social life, customs … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A. [Oxford, United Kingdom]

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