English Literature encyclopedia Shakespeare Johnson 1851 illustrated 2 vol setBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Illustrated Books, English Lit, Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, Lord Byron).
Cyclopedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions of English Authors, from the Earlies to the Present Time, Connected by a Critical and Biographical History, ed. by Robert Chambers.
Published 1851, Boston by Gould and Lincoln.
2 volumes. ,  pages. Text in English. Engraved frontis portraits protected by original tissue guards plus two other engravings (4 steel engravings total). Illustrated throughout with wood engravings.
Publisher's cloth bindings, gilt title lettering, embossed ruled covers.
This uncommon monumental mid-19th century set is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. It is not new or in "new" condition.
Bindings gently age worn, cloth rubbed, joints slightly scuffed, covers firmly attached, set still remains overall attractive as a set.
Text block paper is toned, light to moderate scattered age spotting, internally well preserved, tight, sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Set displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Books Measure c. 10" H x 7" W.