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G.L. The noble and renowned history of Guy, Earl of Warwick ... the twelfth edition. London: Printed by T. Sabine, [1785?, 1800?]. 24mo (14.7 cm, 5.75"). 144 pp.; illus. $475.00
Uncommon edition (self-identified as "twelfth") of this enduringly popular romance, first printed in the 17th century and here illustrated with a number of in-text woodcuts. Assessments of the present edition's date vary from ca. 1785 through 1800; the work is printed on laid paper.
Dedication signed, "G.L."; Sabine is first recorded at 81 Shoe Lane (address on title-page) in 1785. ESTC lists => only three libraries worldwide (Harvard, BL, National Library of Scotland) as reporting ownership of this printing.
Binding: Bound in rough cloth that appears to be contemporary, with frontispiece affixed to front pastedown — an unusually early cloth binding even if from the later end of the proposed chronological range.
Provenance: Back pastedown with early inked inscription reading "Tomas Hunt his book." Most recently in the children's book collection of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
ESTC T135121. Bound as above, sides with a few spots of staining. Frontispiece used as front pastedown; back pastedown with early inked inscription reading "Tomas Hunt his book." Pages clean, with some upper corners dog-eared. (38647) Please RESHELVE This.
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