1784. Editio Accurata. Biponti Ex Typographia Societatis, 1784.
4 vols, (2), (i-ii), iii-xlvii, [1-2], 3-395; (2), 392, (42, index); (2), [1-2], 401; (2), [1-2], 3-449 pp. Contemporary mottled calf, covers panelled in gilt, backstrips ruled and lettered in gilt, black-morocco labels. A few scattered blemishes seen on covers; joints somewhat rubbed; backstrips rubbed and worn with some loss of gilt, one volume with short tear. Handsomely engraved title-pages and armorial bookplates of Mathew Wilson and Frances Mary Richardson Currer on front pastedowns and flyleaves. Very good.
§ An original set with exceptional provenance. Frances Mary Currer Richardson (1785-1861) “was born at Eshton Hall…the posthumous daughter and sole heir of the Rev’d Henry Richardson who…took the name of Currer on succeeding to the estates of Sarah Currer. Her mother was Margaret Clive Wilson, the only surviving child and heir of Matthew Wilson” (DNB). Dibdin believed that “Currer’s collection placed her ‘at the head of all female collectors in Europe’ (Reminiscences, 2.949, DNB), her collection being “particularly rich in…Natural Sciences, Topography, Antiquities and History…[with] the books in the finest condition and not a few of them in the richest and most tasteful bindings” (Stewart, 1833). Item #104998