1768. London: Printed by T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1768.
2 vols., 12mo, xx, 203; [iv], 208 pp. Contemporary full calf, gilt backstrips with red & black morocco labels; gilt-rolled edges and turn-ins; marbled endpapers. Engraved facsimile of Sterne's coat of arms at p. 38 of vol. II. Backstrips and covers slightly worn, joints and backstrips neatly reparied; bookplate removed from front pastedown of vol. I; still a sound copy of this early edition, with the half-titles and the list of subscribers.
§ Second edition, and one of three issued in 1768. Sterne died three weeks after the publication of the first edition in late February. One of the very best travel narratives and 18th-century novels in English. The work is based on the author's own travels in 1765. An early owner has embellished this copy by neatly penning on flyleaves a 21-line poem in blank verse, "In Memory of Mr. Sterne"; a 30-line poem in couplets, "A Character, and Eulogium of Mr. Sterne, and his writings; in a familiar epistle from a Gentleman in Ireland to his Friend"; and a four-line 'Epitaph' on Sterne credited to David Garrick. See: Block, p. 225. Cross, p. 603. Grolier 100: 54. Rothschild 1971 & 1972. Item #5885