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The Busy Body, or Men and Manners. (4 Volumes)
London: J. Johnston, 1816-1818. First edition. Full Morocco. Fine. Scarce full run of satirical periodical from Regency England, with 25 Gillray hand-colored plates. 8vo. 20 by 13 cm. Text a mix of verse, mock letters, articles, apercus. Some of the pieces come off as more straightforward, such as perhaps the theatre reviews, but mostly the pieces are unabashedly tongue-in-cheek. Plush full brown morocco, with gilt ruled borders, raised bands, gilt ornamentation within spine compartments and gilt lettering. Offsetting, and some age toning. Regardless, a beautiful set.
      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
Last Found On: 2016-12-01           Check availability:      Biblio    


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