Edinburgh: William Blackwood & Sons, 1862. First edition. Hardcover. Small 8vo. , vi-viii, , 2-384 pp. Quarter-bound in brown calf over red cloth, binder's ticket on the rear pastedown shows the book to be bound by Burn, in this case Robert Burn, the grandson of the London bookbinder Thomas Burn (Packer, 26). Brown endpapers and pastedowns. An old bookseller's ticket on the front pastedown shows the book was sold from T. Fenteman and Sons, Theological and General Booksellers, Leeds. The book includes a bookplate on the front pastedown from Louis Mansfield Knapp, a scholar who studied and wrote on the eighteenth century poet Tobias Smollett. Printed on beautiful hand-made paper, and includes a publisher's advertisement on the free front endpaper for twenty-one copies of The Book-Hunter printed on large paper in Crown Quarto. The author compiled this work from a series of writings he did for the Blackwood magazine. Burton's Book-Hunter discusses the life and manners of book collectors, librarians, booksellers, and bibliophiles of all kinds. A fascinating study of English book lovers in the nineteenth century. Near Fine. Item #00007774
A Near Fine book with light wear to the crown and heel of the spine.