Joseph Addison Collected Poetry 1778 beautiful gilt leather bindingBrian DiMambro
(Old Books, 18th Century Books, Leather Books, Poetry, English Poets).
The Poetical Works of Joseph Addison.
Published 1778, Edinburgh at the Apollo Press by the Martins for John Bell, London.
228 pages. Text in English. Finely engraved frontis portrait and half title.
Publisher's 18th century full calf leather with pictorial gilt stamped spines richly ornamented with symbols relating to the arts and music, titles on contrasting red morocco labels, extremities gilt ruled patterns, marbled end papers.
Book is physically old and shows some light signs of handling and time but are remarkably fresh and clean overall.
Binding gently age worn, light or inoffensive signs of handling and time but nothing severe or unsightly, perhaps some tiny trivial scuff spots or rubbing, book remains very attractive as an 18th century hand-made object.
Paper is gently toned, still very clean, tight, sound internally. About as well preserved and fresh as 18th century books can be, far nicer than typical (but not "new" or perfect).
Still attractive on the shelf. The book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and are in overall very nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws which may be present seem easy to overlook or forgive.
Originally issued as part of a monumental set, this book is complete unto itself as issued and stands alone.
Please review photos for more detail showing how this book survives. The asking price reflects the condition based on our examination and 35+ years full time exposure to antiquarian books, maps and printed ephemera of all types and genres. Flaws seen and/ or described have been taken into account.
Book Measures c. 5 1/4" H x 3 1/2" W.