BRACEBRIDGE HALL; or, the humourists. By Geoffrey Crayon, gent. (pseud.)
Edition: First UK edition
London: John Murray, 1822. Two volumes, octavo, bound in old half calf and marbled boards, spine with raised bands, labels, light green endpapers, reddish page edges. Vol I: pp , (vi), (394), . Cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with matching colour paper, brown spot to upper inner corners of endpapers front and rear, mild rubbing to spine gilt with two letters of title rubbed away, scuffing to upper outer leather corner on rear cover, crease to fore margin of one leaf (manufacturing flaw), three inch closed tear to pp 93-94 neatly repaired (no text loss), damp stain to top inch of fore edges with no penetration into text margins. Vol II: pp , 404, . slight wear to head of spine, rubbing to rear joint; scuffing to outer leather corners, brown spots from turn ins on endpapers, small damp stain to upper fore edges without penetration into text margins; otherwise a VG clean and attractive pair, no owner names, now tight in the bindings. The US edition preceded by two days, but as Irving was still making changes while the British edition was in press, there are textual differences. A very complex book bibliographically. BAL 10110 was not able to unravel it all and stated "BAL suggests that all copies issued by Murray under the date 1822 be considered of equal primacy until evidence is produced to the contrary." An episodic novel as a series of character sketches based on members of the Bracebridge family who lived at Aston Hall near Birmingham. 2 kg parcel.