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AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF COMPENDIOUS AND SWIFT WRITING. Bound with AN ESSAY TOWARDS A FARTHER IMPROVEMENT OF SHORT-HAND, By Philip Gibbs
London: James Bettenham for the Author, 1736. Hardcover. Good. Copperplate printer's mark of Minerva with foot on a scull and motto Vivitur ingenio, Caetera mortis erunt. The entire Essay is engraved on copperplates for each page. Octavo contemporary calf on 5 raised bands with red spine title label and gilt dentelles (tips worn, spine leather missing at top/foot and split at centre, hinges starting to split but held by cords). Inscr. G G Andrews May 3rd 1843 on fly leaf. Titlepage +[4]pp dedication +[4]pp list of subscribers +60pp followed by engraved Titlepage to ESSAY in calligraphic border +[56]pp. Every page of the ESSAY is engraved in copperplate. Errata tipped onto back of 1st Titlepage which itself is an inserted sheet. Page 3 has pencil traces in margin of trials of the Gibbs short-hand method as have some other pages & the rear endpapers. Pages 15-16 on leaf missing top corner when printed (no loss of text). Sporadic slight foxing, otherwise clean, crisp and wide-margined copy with the fine copperplate engraved pages of the second work. Scarce (ESTC T000921).
      [Bookseller: Abbey Antiquarian Books]
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