Edinburgh: Printed For, And Sold By The Author, And By John Bell, 1785. 8vo. xx, 412 pp., complete with 3 engraved plates. Contemporary Scottish polished calf, single gilt roll around sides, five raised bands on spine, in the compartments a single gilt fleuron, red lettering piece in the second, sprinkled red edges. A few corners of the textblock bumped, some insignificant scuffs to the covers. Overall in glowingly bright condition. We never see 18th-century Scottish calf bindings in such fine state. Near Fine. Item #3666
An extraordinary copy preserved in the proverbial COLQUHOUN OF LUSS CONDITION, which is to say that this 237 year-old volume looks and feels ALMOST "brand-new."
Unforgettable were the pristine books belonging to Sir Ivar Colquhoun of Luss: in 1984 Christie's sold the library that had been preternaturally preserved at Rossdhu (Loch Lomond), Scotland. There is no provenance information in our copy, but certainly it rivals the best of the Colquhoun of Luss books, which were preserved in Chippendale-style bookcases in a room that had never been gas-lit (candles were used at Rossdhu House until the installation of electricity). The library had been virtually untouched since the 18th century. So where in Scotland or elsewhere has our volume been since 1785?
MUST BE SEEN TO BE FULLY APPRECIATED.