Handsomely Bound Copy of 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), all with tissue guards, 19 text engravings. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, top-edge gilt, marbled endpapers, front cover panel and spine, both with gilt and black-stamped images, affixed to rear endleaves. Some fading to spine, corners bumped and lightly worn. Moderate toning to interior, tiny dampspots to a few leaves, tiny tears to fore-edges of front endleaf and half-title, short tear to head of frontispiece along gutter, plates vivid. A handsome copy. $450. * "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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