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    [Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator]. [William Combe]. The English Dance of Death... London: R. Ackermann, 1815-1816. First edition in book form (preceded by a parts issue). Two volumes; octavo (9.625 x 5.875 inches; 244 x 148 mm.). [xii], 295, [1, colophon]; [vi], 299, [1, blank] pages; hand-colored aquatint frontispiece, engraved title, and seventy two plates inserted throughout; complete. Publisher's orange cloth, boards double-ruled and decoratively paneled in blind, with blind floral cornerpieces, spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; yellow coated endleaves. Spines lightly sunned and rubbed; a few corners mildly bumped on Volume I; rear hinge of Volume I just barely starting. Some minor occasional foxing on text; minor occasional offset from the plates. Near fine, with the bindings and text quite bright. Copies in the original cloth are uncommon. "Indispensable to any Rowlandson collection, one of the essential pivots of any colour plate library, being one of the main works of Rowlandson" (Tooley). Abbey, Life 263-664; Tooley pp. 410-411.

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