1805. London: Printed by Ellerton and Byworth, for T. Goddard, 1805.
8vo, , 317, [17, index] pp. With a frontispiece and one plate. Contemporary calf, covers pnelled in gilt, backstrip gilt with black label, edges marbled. A very good copy, bookplates of Mathew Wilson and Frances Mary Richardson Currer.
§ First edition. The frontispiece is an engraving of the Quintain Seal and the plate shows seven Shakespeare signatures, four genuine and three fake. A pleasant association copy as Frances Currer (1785-1861) is generally held to be one of the greatest female bibliophiles of all time. DNB notes: “T. F. Dibdin considered that Currer's collection placed her ‘at the head of all female collectors in Europe’ (Reminiscences, 2.949) and that her country house library was, in its day, surpassed only by those of Earl Spencer, the duke of Devonshire, and the duke of Buckingham. Seymour De Ricci wrote that she was ‘England's earliest female bibliophile’ (De Ricci, 141).” Dibdin dedicated his Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and Scotland to Currer – see below, item 6. Mathew Wilson had married Currer’s mother in 1800 and the Wilsons inherited the vast Currer estate after Frances died. Freeman, Bibliotheca Fictiva, 503. Item #107007