The Most Lavish Edition of The Comic Blackstone A'Beckett, Gilbert Abbott [1811-1856]. A'Beckett, Arthur William [1844-1909], Editor. Furniss, Harry [1854-1925], Illustrator. The Comic Blackstone. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1887. xxviii, 324 pp. 10 color lithographed plates (including a frontispiece), 19 text engravings. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Original cloth, gilt and black-stamped titles and decoration to front board and spine, blind frames to rear board, colored endpapers. Slight darkening to edges of front board, light fading to spine, spine ends bumped, light rubbing to joints and corners. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, plates vivid. $350. * "New and revised" edition, the first with plates and text illustrations by Harry Furniss. Edited by the author's son, this is the most lavish edition of the classic satire ever published. It was first issued in parts with pictorial wrappers from 1886-1887, then as a trade edition in cloth in 1887. Eller, The William Blackstone Collection in the Yale Law Library 196. Laeuchli, A Bibliographical Catalogue of William Blackstone 453.
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