London: Smith Elder & Co., 1874. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #5445
3 volumes. Large 8vo. [ 260 x 180 mm] Pp. xx, 400p., 21 plates; vi, 394p., 20 plates; 362p., 12 plates. In the publisher's original brown cloth with vine decorated borders in blind, with gilt stamped designs to the boards and spines. Light bumping to the corners, with light bumping and very light wear to the cloth at the spine ends. The top edges gilt, brown endpapers, with the previous owner's bookplate in each, foxed mainly at the prelims, but light foxing overall, hinges and bindings are tight, endpapers crisp and the contents clean throughout, all plates with tissue guards present. The third edition, limited to 1500 copies as stated by the author and signed by him at the end of the preface, certifying this edition as containing the best states of the old plates now procurable. A very near fine set.