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    One Mary Shelley Tale as Thomas Hood and One Thomas Dibdin Reference Work. Thomas Hood [Mary Shelley]: Monsieur Nongtongpaw. (London: Alfred Miller, 1830), each story separately paginated, half-leather and gray cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and decoration on the boards, 24mo (3.75" x 5.75"). Illustrated by Robert Cruikshank. Sometimes described as Mary Shelley's first published work, this was first issued at her father and step-mother's M. J. Godwin's press in 1808 as Mounseer Nongtongpaw: a New Version. It is a satirical poem about an Englishman in France and the linguistic misunderstandings that ensue. It is bound with other stories by other authors also published in 1830 as well as The Diverting History of John Gilpin (1832) The book is about good, with a 3" separation along back edge of spine, which along with back board is detached from textblock Back free endpaper and back end paper loose. Foxing present at the endpapers, as well as most plates. Head and tail and edges of spine rubbed,corners of boards bumped.

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin: An Introduction to the Knowledge of Rare and Valuable Editions of the Greek and Latin Classics (London: W. Dwyer, 1804), 571 pages, rebound half-leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering on spine, 8vo (5.25" x 8.5"). The copy presented here is very good, with handwritten notes in brown ink on front flyleaf and page 75. The textblock is lightly foxed, edges of pages lightly age-toned, offsetting on title page. From the Betty Bennett Collection.


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