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8vo., First Edition, with engraved portrait frontispiece, front and rear preliminaries lightly spotted; strongly bound in contemporary half calf, marbled boards ruled in gilt, back with raised bands, second compartment wanting original label but lettered in blind, all other compartments tooled in gilt (moderately faded) marbled endpapers, marbled edges, upper hinge open at front free endpaper (but binding entirely sound), an attractive copy in wholly unrestored period binding. THIS COPY WAS FORMERLY IN THE LIBRARY OF JOHN CLAVELL MANSEL-PLEYDELL AND BEARS HIS FINE NINETEENTH-CENTURY ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. John Clavell Mansel-Pleydell (1807-1902) was an eminent Dorset antiquary, known for contributions to geology, botany, and ornithology on which subjects his several works are still highly regarded. He founded the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, remained its President until his death and was sometime (1876) High Sheriff of Dorset. AN ATTRACTIVE COPY WITH SPLENDID WEST COUNTRY ASSOCIATION.

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