1838. London: Printed for the Author..., 1838.
2 vols, royal 8vo, (i-v) vi-xv [xvi], (10, subscribers, plates, contents), (1) 2–436, (i) ii-xxx (supplement), (1, errata) +12 plates; (iv), (437–39) 440–1090 pp. With 40 plates and woodcut vignettes on titles and throughout the text. Original pinkish buff boards, printed paper labels, skillfully rebacked retaining the original backstrips. Binding signed "J. MacKenzie Binder 4 Crown St. Westminster". Bookplate of Charles Sebag-Montefiore.
§ First edition, regular paper copy. Dedicated to Frances Mary Richardson Currer. The dedicatee subscribed for nine copies, eight on large-paper. Arthur Freeman has one of these, still in original boards and Roxburghe quarter roan, inscribed by Dibdin, ‘To Miss Currer From the Author April 19.1839. The first copy into boards.’ Jackson states that there were 100 large-paper copies bound in three volumes with a third title-page inserted before p.  and with the index at the end of vol.3. The quantity of the regular issue is not known. The Barlow copy in original boards uncut has an eighteen-page Bohn catalogue (an octavo and an additional leaf) bound at the end of vol.I. ‘I think it belongs there, since it is printed by the same printer as the book on what appears to be the same paper.…The unusual thing … is that it appears to be excerpts from a rare book catalogue [selected specifically for this book] rather than a publisher’s catalogue.’ (Barlow, in litt.) Freeman’s ‘first copy into boards’ has only pp.17-18 (the last, single leaf) of this catalogue bound in at the end. This copy, like Barlow's has the entire catalogue.
Tipped into vol. 1 is an autograph letter from Dibdin dated 20 November 1848, addressee unknown. "May I venture to solicit your transferring your name from my "Reformation Lectures" (which are postponed, perhaps sine die) to the enclosed work. Perhaps the same favour could be obtained from your Brother?" signed T/F. Dibdin. Provenance: Lister; Colin Franklin; Sebag-Montefiore. Windle A65. Item #122751