Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell. London. 1786.
THREE VOLUMES. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.4 inches). Volume one; viii, 499 + errata; Volume two; vi, 518,  Appendix + errata; Volume three; v + errata, 465, (49) index + (1) ad pp. (The 4pp of contents in volume two are miss-bound at the back of the book before the appendix). Complete. ---- Neat previous owners names, one earlier one which has been neatly crossed through and a later one, on each of the title pages. Some staining to the top outer corner of the first and last pages in volumes one and two but overall a very good set. Rear blank free endpapers lacking from volume one and there is a tear to the corner of one of the rear blank free endpapers, with loss, in volume two, but all text pages are complete. ----- Attractive 18th century full tan tree calf bindings, almost certainly by William Scott of Edinburgh, using tools from the workshop of James Scott. Flat spines with red title labels, ruled and lettered in gilt. Gilt tools of Floral pattern and bird in nest, both tools being used by Scott on other bindings. Black circular number pieces with floral gilt roll surrounds and gilt ruling and decoration to panels. Floral gilt border to boards. Some loss to the top and bottom of spines and some rubbing and bumping to the edges. Lower hinges of volumes one and two cracked but holding firm. An attractively bound early set of Smith's great work. ---- This fourth edition, the second 8vo edition, has only slight differences from the third edition, and Smith himself says in the Advertisement at the beginning of the book, 'I have made no alterations of any kind'. ---- J. H. Loudon. James Scott and William Scott, bookbinders - several examples.