[BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS]. DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall (1776-1847). A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany. London: for the author by W. Bulmer and W. Nichol, Shakespeare Press, 1821[-1823].
3 volumes, 8vo (255 x 165 mm). Half-titles to volumes II and III (as issued); numerous engraved plates (many double-page), engraved vignettes throughout (several printed on India paper mounted). (Some spotting to a few text leaves and a few plates). Contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut, stamp-signed by Morrell (some minor wear to extremities).
FIRST EDITION of Dibdin's bibliographical travel book. "The collation is very irregular by reason of the fact that all illustrations in the text, being printed on India paper pasted-in, are on separately inserted leaves...[the work] is lavishly illustrated, mainly with copperplates after drawings by G. R. Lewis and others. Dibdin says he spent over 7000 pounds on the book" (Jackson 48).
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