London: W. Wilson, for Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe; Cuthell and Martin; J. Walker; Otridge and Son; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808. Leather. 96p. RARE 1808 EDITION IN DELUXE LEATHER BINDING. A small hardcover book beautifully bound in full red leather with ornate gilt decorations on the boards and spine. Features gilt dentelles, gilt foredges, and green silk endpapers. Very good condition for its age! The edges of the spine are a bit chafed, but the gilt detailing is still shiny and vivid. The foldout frontis is foxed and edgeworn, with some tiny holes in the bottom edge and the folds neatly reinforced with tape on the reverse side. The plates, including the frotnis, have faded slightly onto the facing pages. Occasional tiny blemishes, but otherwise, text easily legible and binding secure. Item #176938
Stevens' best-known work, a satire on physiognomy. This is the first printing with illustrations by Thomas Rowlandson, the Georgian caricaturist (1757-1827). Features 24 black and white plates and a folding frontispiece in color, all by Rowlandson. Measures approx. 6.4" x 4"