Samuel Knight. The Life of Erasmus... Cambridge: Crownfield, 1726. First edition.

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    With nineteen plates inserted throughout. An important and handsome biography of Erasmus.

    Octavo. [8], [xxxii], 386, [clvii] pages. With nineteen plates (some folding, some mounted at a later date), inserted throughout (although the List of Cuts calls for only sixteen, it is common for the three extra plates to be present). Contemporary full brown calf, boards, double-ruled in gilt, gilt floral rule with gilt floral cornerpieces, spine ruled in and lettered in gilt and tooled in blind, five raised double-bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, gauffered edges. Rebacked preserving the original spine, new endleaves, some text leaves and plates apparently washed, a few plates with tears or chips. Still, a good copy.

    "Of the same class is Dr. Knight; whose Lives of Colet and Erasmus are in every well-appointed library, and bring considerable prices; merely because they contain some interesting plates executed by the respectable burin of Vertue." (Dibdin Library Companion, p. 517).

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