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DIBDIN (Thomas Frognall). Reminiscences of a Literary Life. [Volume 2 subtitled: with Anecdotes of Books and of Book Collectors.]1836

London: John Major, First edition, 2 vols., royal 8vo (235 x 140 mm), 4, xxxii, [4], 556; [2], 557-982pp., includes 4pp., of publishers' ads at start, with a printed slip from the publisher stating "On account of the great and unanticipated extent of this work, the price to Subscribers is unavoidably 1l, 10s. instead of 1l. 5s., as at first advertised...", tipped-in is a A.L.s from Dibdin to John Rawlinson [a subscriber] "Behold my "Reminiscences." All my friends "roar aloud subscribe"and Dring leads the run with his name for 6 copies. I shall push for 1000 and have 400 letters to write in pros fiction...", 2 engraved frontispieces (one a portrait of Dibdin, the other a view of the library at Eshton Hall), 8 further engraved plates (some offset), facsimiles in the text, some light staining to text, nineteenth-century cloth-backed boards, a little soiled, corners rubbed, uncut. On the evening of the sale of the Valdarfer Boccaccio at the Roxburghe Sale, eighteen book collectors met to dine; the group decided to continue meeting annually in honour of the Sale and thus The Roxburghe Club was formed. Dibdin, founder and first vice-president of the Club, here gives a most thorough discussion of the early years of the Club. Bound without the 44 page index which was issued several months after publication of the main work, copies with the index are extremely rare. Provenance: With the bookplate of the Gladstone Library, National Liberal Club. Jackson, 86; Windle & Pippin, A62.

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