John Gay Collected Poems 1777 Bell's Great Britain Poets 3 vol leather setBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 18th Century Books, Leather Books, Poetry, John Gay, English Poets).
Bell's Edition: The Poets of Great Britain, Complete from Chaucer to Churchill.
Poetical Works of John Gay, Including His Fables, in three volumes.
Published 1777, London for John Bell.
3 volumes, each c. 175 pages. Text in English. Engraved frontis portrait in volume one. Engraved half title in each volume.
An early note inside the book mentions how this set is the very rare and much desired 1777 edition. Nice 18th century Chippendale gilt spines and covers from the era of the American Revolution.
Period full mottled calf bindings, smooth spines, gilt spine decertations, gilt title lettering on contrasting red & green leather labels, gilt ruled covers, marbled end papers.
Set is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Set is not new or in "new" condition.
Front cover of volume 1 is detached.
Bindings gently age worn, leather rubbed but still supple, joints slightly scuffed, tiny chipping to spine ends, etc., set remains overall attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently toned, internally still clean, well preserved, tight, sound. Early engraved custom armorial book plates to paste downs.
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.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this charming 18th century set survives.
Books Measure c. 5 1/4" H x 3 1/4" W.