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Bell's Edition of the Poets of Great Britain Complete from Chaucer to Churchill
London: Printed for John Bell British Library Strand, 1777-1782 - A rather rare and interesting survival. Such sets, with their durable boxes, were intended as recreational reading for travellers, and were often taken on the Grand Tour. Given the generally crisp interior condition of the volumes, the owner of this set was either exceptionally fastidious and careful, or did not use them. Authors in the set include Chaucer, Spenser, Donne, Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope, and Gay (TRAVELLING LIBRARY) 109 vols., 12mo (5 x 3-1/8 inches). . Bound in contemporary tree calf, gilt spine, with green leather author label and red number label (1-109) and red label stamped in gilt "Bell's Poets of G. Britain" on each spine, greek key scroll at outer margins of the upper and lower covers, green marbled endpapers, edges yellow. Laid into two contemporary wooden cases of book form (18-1/4 x 12 x 4-1/4 inches), lined with green marbled paper (matching the endpapers of each volume) and brown baize, with removable 16-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch central wooden marble paper covered post in each case. The cases lacking most of their original leather covering, some of the volumes within with very minor loss [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2014-07-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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