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The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
A rare copy from the earliest stock of the first book edition. Blind stamped diamond design on leather boards, marbled edges and matching endpapers, re-backed in period style. Contemporary bookplate on front pastedown of Volume I, both half-titles with ink signature dated 1820. Internally quite clean with some scattered foxing. Very good. **** OCLC lists just one copy in the British Library***An important title and American classic that introduced iconic stories like Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The first four American installments were collected into a single volume and self-published by Irving in London, under John Miller's Burlington Arcade imprint, on February 16, 1820. Miller's April bankruptcy left those copies collecting dust. John Murray took over production, making these Miller title page copies extremely scarce. In July of 1820, Murray published the second volume with the final three American installments.
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