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DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall (1776--1847)
A bibliographical antiquarian and picturesque tour in France and Germany. By the Rev. Tho. Frognall Dibdin, ... Volume I. (II., III.)
London: printed for the author, by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, Shakspeare Press, and sold by Payne and Foss, Longman, Hurst and Co., J. and A. Arch, R. H. Evans, R. Triphook, and John Major, 1821.
3 vols ; 25.4 cm. (8°)
I: [6], xxv, [7], 462, lxxix, [1] p. : illus. ; [13] pl. (1 hand-col.)
II: [4], 555, [1] p. : illus. ; [24] pl.
III: [4], 622, lxii p. : illus. ; [45] pl.

Title-page verso: Sold at Paris, by Messrs. Treuttel and Wurtz. Dedication leaf to the President and members of the Roxburghe Club, in whose genesis Dibdin was instrumental when he invited a group of leading bibliophiles to a dinner celebrating the sale of a 1471 Venetian edition of the Decameron at the Duke of Roxburghe sale of May and June 1812. The illustrations are a combination of woodcuts (some wholly or in part printed in red), engravings on india-paper, and engraved plates which became a sought-after collectors' item. For an exhaustive description see John Windle and Karma Pippin, Thomas Frognall Dibdin 1776--1847: a bibliography (New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1999), pp. 113--30 (A38a).

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-titles. Soane subscribed for a large paper copy at 16 guineas on 31 May 1819 (Mr Dibdin's new work SNB) at which time he 'paid nothing' (Jnl 6, p. 372); his only recorded payment is for 8 guineas on 22 May 1821 (SNB) to Mr Moyes (Jnl 6, p. 450); on 31 July 1821, Moyes wrote to send the Plates which were / wanting to complete Dib-/ dins Tour. (Priv. Corr. I.M.12.6). The book (described as 'Dibdins Tour in Normandy, France &c.') was the subject of a letter dated 12 December 1827 from John Britton, who wished to borrow it 'not however expecting one grain of useful information'. (Archives 4/B/7/2/12).

Binding Early C20th half red morocco, blind double-ruled borders, morocco-grained cloth-covered boards, gilt-ruled and double blind-ruled spine direct-lettered with title, volume number and date of publication in gilt.

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