Lavishly Extra-Illustrated Copy of Campbell's Lives of the Lord Chancellors in a Handsome Binding Campbell, John, Lord [1779-1861]. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England, from the Earliest Times Till the Reign of King George IV. London: John Murray, 1846-1869. Seven volumes and continuation volume. Complete set. Extra-illustrated with 49 engraved plates, 8 of them as frontispieces with added coloring. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Later three-quarter morocco over cloth signed by Bayntun, gilt rules to boards, raised bands and gilt titles to spines, top-edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to extremities, minor nicks, scuffs, bumps and stains to some volumes. Light toning to interiors, light foxing in a few places, faint early marks in pencil to some of the plates. A handsome, unique set. $2,000. * Volumes 1,2,3: second edition; Volumes 4,5,7: first edition; Volume 6: third edition. Continuation volume, which has an index to the entire set: first edition. This classic study, which went through several editions, is an incomparable storehouse of legal history and anecdote. Our copy is enhanced with 17th, 18th and 19th-century portrait engravings, many of them copperplates or mezzotints. Most are full-size plates, but some are smaller images mounted on sheets. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:54.
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