1805. London: Thomas Hodgkins, 1805.
2 vols. in one, 12mo, viii, 206, (1, ad.); iv, 219, (1, ad.)pp. With 72 engraved plates. Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, title-page to vol. 1 in facsimile, text trimmed close to the text and touching the plates.
§ First edition, de luxe issue, of this very rare collection reprinted in the same year; the plates were once attributed to William Blake but Bentley and Essick disagree and Bentley notes that although Quaritch was the source for naming Blake as the engraver the plates look nothing like Blake's work and it is now thought that Mulready was the probable engraver. A rare book in the first edition; the last copy at auction sold in 1995 and only two copies had sold before that, going back to 1975. Bentley, BBS, p. 275 #7. Osborne 5. NBL 626. PML 70. The Oppenheimer copy was seriously defective. Darton (p.196) noted that he had never seen a complete copy of the first edition. The regular issue (also impossibly rare) had the images gathered together 12 at a time on one plate. Item #122930