Watkins' Biographical Dictionary 1806 monumental leather book short biosBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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A Biographical, Historical, and Chronological Dictionary: Containing a Faithful Account of the Lives, Characters, and Actions of the Most Eminent Persons of All Ages and All Countries, Including Also the Revolutions of States and the Succession of Sovereign Princes, by John Watkins.
Published 1806, London for Richard Phillips.
c. 1,000 pages. Text in English.
Attractive antiquarian full leather binding, raised bands, gilt title lettering on contrasting black leather label.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Someone has long ago neatly lettered the fore edge of the text block with the alphabet to aid use of the book.
Binding gently age worn but still appealing, leather and joints scuffed but still supple, chipping to spine base, remains overall very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, internally book remains mostly clean, tight and sound. A book which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book 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. 8 1/2" H x 5 1/2" W.