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Here is a Wonderful copy of a true antiquarian classic. This is the First Edition and First issue published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in 1851. Although the title page says 1852 this First edition was intended for simultaneous publication with the First British edition and both are believed to have been printed in December of 1851. This is BAL (7607) and Clark (A19.1a). There were 2,425 copies of this book printed on December 11, 1851. This copy is in Very nice condition with light rubbing to the boards and extremities and some minor shelf-wear to the extreme top and bottom of the spine. The gilt lettering on the spine is still quite bright.There is a four page publishers catalog inserted at the front of the book and it is dated July 1852. The textblock is very clean with a touch of soiling here and there but nothing that is really serious. The binding is quite tight and the book has been well preserved although when you open the book to certain places the binding thread is visible in the gutter. These are not loose pages. This volume is presented in a custom-made presentation case that consists of a brown bookcloth to match the book and the opening of the case is reinforced and made more attractive by a fine leather perimeter.This item makes a very nice presentation. We are pleased to send pictures on request.