Wm. Wilson, No. 6 Dame Street, the corner of Palace Street, Dublin. 1780 - 81.
DUBLIN PIRATED EDITION. Three volumes. 8vo. (8.8 x 5.4 inches). Vol.1. Cancel title page (1780), contents leaf, advert leaf, (dated 15th march 1779), 3-536pp. --- Vol 2.. Cancel title page (1781), contents leaf, 1-496,(p496 incorrectly numbered 196). --- Vol 3. Cancel title page (1781). contents leaf, 1-399pp. All three title pages have the Bartolozzi engraving but the engraving to vol.1 does not have the engravers name. Only one bookseller listed as the publisher, which is unusual for this set. Page edges tinted light green. Original silk page markers still present. The text blocks are in quite remarkably bright white condition, with no foxing or marking. Previous owners neat signature to the margin of the title page in each volume, dated 1783. Pp143/144 in vol.1 numbered twice but the text is complete and okay using catchwords. Previous owner colour printed bookplate on the front paste down endpaper of volume one. --- Contemporary full tan calf bindings. Spines with gilt ruled lines and red and green labels, with gilt lettering and decoration. The bindings with some age wear but are still very sound and attractive. This is a superior set of and an early printing of the 1st Dublin pirated edition pre-dating the 4 vol London first edition.