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    Eighty-six Hand-colored Plates from
    Rowlandson's Dances of Death and Life

    [Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator]. [William Combe]. The English Dance of Death. [Together with:] The Dance of Life. London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1815-1817. First editions. Three octavo volumes. vii, [5], 295; [6], 299; ii, ii (index), 285 pages. Seventy-two hand-colored aquatints in both volumes of The English Dance of Death, and twenty-four in the single volume of The Dance of Life; plus frontispieces and vignette title pages in the first and third volumes, all three with printed title pages. Bound by Bumpus in half red morocco over marbled paper covered boards, five raised spine bands with gilt stamped titles and rules in compartments, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated bookplate of Roger H. West on the front free pastedown of each volume.

    Bindings rubbed at extremities, surface leather chipping at joints and paper chips along board edges, dampstain on upper board of first volume. Front free endpaper and blank preliminaries with corner bends in The Dance of Life. Small holograph pencil notes on versos of front free endpapers, facing blanks, and tick marks next to each chapter title on all three index pages. Few minor paper repairs in margins and corners. Last two plates in The Dance of Life have been reinserted on stubs. Some image offset from plates on facing text pages. Moderate foxing and occasional smudging, soiling or staining. Overall a very good set.

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