John Dryden c.1798 Collected Works 3 vol. set 15 plates English Poet LaureateBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 18th Century Books, Leather Books, Poetry, Illustrated Books, John Dryden, English Poetry).
The Poetical Works of John Dryden.
Published c. 1798, London for C. Cooke.
3 volumes, each c. 200 pages. Text in English. Illustrated throughout with 15 full page copper engraved plates, all quite decorative and ornate. Engraved half title in each volume, plus numerous well done full page engraved plates and many large wood cut chapter tail pieces throughout.
Attractive antiquarian full leather bindings, expertly re-backed long ago by previous owner. Smooth spines, gilt bands & compartment decorations, gilt title lettering on contrasting leather labels.
Set is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Bindings gently age worn but still appealing, leather and joints slightly rubbed but still supple, remains overall very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, internally books remain mostly clean, tight and sound. A set which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Set displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in rather nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws seem easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 6" H x 3 3/4" W.