Shatesbury's Characteristicks book

Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times


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[001148] Shaftesbury, Anthony Earl of. Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. ill. Gribelin. Birmingham: John Baskerville, 1773. First Thus. 8vo. Full Calf. Good+. Three volumes complete – Volume One – [4], iv, [2], 364pp; Volume Two – 1-176, [2], 181-443pp, [1] and Volume Three – [4], 410pp, [48]. Later full tree calf, raised bands, spines in six panels, title label to second panel, contrasting volume label to third, remaining panels gilt with leafy stem corner pieces and seed head and leaf centre piece, covers with rolled border, gilt roll to edges and inner edges, all edges gilt and marbled, with marbled endpapers.

Spines slightly faded, with covers slightly unevenly faded, minor rubbing to extremities, corners lightly bumped. Internally some light soiling to margins, some off setting from engravings as usual, but generally fairly bright and clean. Previous owner’s armorial book plate to front pastedowns (Christopher Turnor of Stoke Rochford), couple of old bookseller descriptions tipped on to marbled free endpaper. Engraved frontispiece by Gribelin and Closterman, the final engraving is by Gribelin and Mattaeis, the others all by Gribelin.

The fifth edition, the first Baskerville edition.

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