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    The First English Edition of Irving's Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, with the Rare First Issue of Volume I

    [Washington Irving]. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. London: John Miller, John Murray, 1820. Volume I is the rare first edition, first issue with the title-page imprint by John Miller, volume II is a second edition by Murray (dated the same year as the first). Two octavo volumes. [vi], 354; [viii], 419, [1, ad] pages. Uniformly bound in contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, spines ruled in gilt, olive green gilt morocco lettering labels, edges marbled, marbled endleaves. Some wear to bindings, free endpapers in both volumes trimmed a bit, bookplate on front pastedown of volume I, small catalogue description affixed to front pastedown of volume II.

    First volumes with the John Miller imprint are rare: Miller began publishing volume I of this work, and his company failed during its production. Murray took over printing the remainder of the first volume, as well as the second volume. Murray also published the second edition of both volumes the same year, being the first English edition under one publisher. BAL 10107. Langfeld, p. 23.

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