First English Edition of
[Washington Irving]. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey
Crayon, Gent. [Vol. I-] Vol. II. London: John
Miller [and] John Murray, 1820. First English edition, both
volumes. vi, -354. [x], -419 pages. Full calf with single
gilt rules and blind stamped diamond design on boards, lacking
backstrips, marbled edges and matching endpapers. Bookplate of
"S.V.S Wilder. On front pastedown of Volume I, both half-titles
with holograph ink signature: "Mrs. Wilder" one dated
"1820". Boards detached, rubbed, scuffed, and soiled; volume
one front free endpaper loose; volume two front free endpaper,
fly-paper and half-title coming loose; pages with foxing; otherwise
internally in very good condition.
Washington Irving's Sketch Book...
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"The first complete English edition was published in 1820, in two volumes, the first by John Miller in February containing the first four numbers, and the second by John Murray in July, containing the last three numbers. ... Publication was begun by Miller, who failed after the first volume had been published. Murray continued publication of the first volume and also published the second volume." - [Langfeld, page 23].
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