London: Thomas Davison, for Taylor and Hessey / Edward Moxon, 1823. 1st Edition. Leather. 2 vols. 341p; 283p. FINE BINDINGS BY BAYNTUN. A set of two hardcover books bound in full golden-brown calf with gilt-decorated spines, gilt dentelles, gilt foredges, and marbled endpapers. Very good condition overall! Edges of spines barely rubbed; the gilt detailing remains shiny and unmarred. In the ELIA volume, there are some tiny ink spots in the margin of page 7, and pages 285-290 have tiny closed tears which have been delicately repaired. Tiny orange smudge on the side foredge. Light tanning along the edges of the free endpapers. Both volumes' pages have mild age-spotting and tanning, but are otherwise unmarked and securely bound. Both volumes have two attached ribbon page markers. Item #177057
This copy of ELIA is the rare first edition from 1923. THE LAST ESSAYS OF ELIA is the first British edition from 1833; an unauthorized American edition was published earlier.