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GROSE, Francis (1731?--1791)
The antiquities of England and Wales. By Francis Grose, ... Vol. I. (II., III., IV.)
London: printed for S. Hooper, 1773 [i.e. 1772?] (1774, 1775, 1776).
4 vols in 2; 31.5 cm. (2°)
I: ii, 83, [1], [104] p., engr. frontis., engr. t.-pl., [7] engr. pl. : [52] engr. illus.
II: [178] p., engr. frontis., engr. t.-pl., [6] engr. pl. : [88] engr. illus.
III: [218] p., engr. frontis., engr. t.-pl., [12] engr. pl. : [106] engr. illus.
IV: [188], 10, [14] p., engr. frontis., engr. t.-pl., [8] engr. pl. : [91] engr. illus.

Some copies include a letterpress title-leaf (not present here or included in the above collation) dated 1772, the year in February of which part publication of the plates began. The leaves were printed in such a way that they could be bound in any order, with most leaves containing an engraving and accompanying letterpress; here they are bound according to the order suggested in the 'General Index' at the end of vol. IV. The work was completed in 1776 and a new edition begun in 1783, with a two-volume Supplement being added in 1787 (q.v.). BAL, Early printed books, no. 1385; ESTC t147669.

Binding C18th full russia, gilt-dotted borders, gilt double-ruled, direct-lettered spines. Bound in two volumes, uniform with Supplement (q.v.) lettered as 'V' and 'VI'.

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