1876. London: Chatto & Windus, 1876.
Large thick 8vo., pp. xviii, 618, xxxiv, frontispiece portrait, t.-p. vignette. With 46 illustrations and 15 head- and tail-pieces and 9 decorated initials. original red cloth boards, rebacked with a red morocco spine, black lettering piece. An ex-library copy (Finsbury Public Library) with numerous stamps throughout.
§ New and improved edition. Includes 46 illustrations and 15 head- and tail-pieces and 9 decorated initials. A poor copy with multiple library stamps, a few leaves with tears in the margins not touching the text and with no loss. Useful as a reading or reference copy of Dibdin's classic work first published in 1809. This was the book that introduced the concept of “bibliomania” to the world, expanded in two later editions of which this was the last. Symptoms discussed include an immoderate passion for large paper copies, uncut copies, copies printed upon vellum, etc. Five probable means of cure are suggested, among them “the encouragement of the study of Bibliography... which may be numbered among the most efficacious”. Windle & Pippin A11e. There was (of course) a large-paper edition (quantity not recorded). Jackson notes: "This is a resetting in exceedingly close type facsimile of the 1842 edition, using all the original blocks’ but substantial differences exist such as in the title-page, preliminary pagination, the omission of the printer’s imprint, the incorporation of the plate of Heath into the text (at p.), the differing signatures of the final gatherings, &c. Also, the cuts at pp. 250 and 254 are reproductions by a photographic-type process, pasted in; in the 1842 edition they are sometimes on india paper." Item #124946