London: Printed for the Author by C. Richards, 1838. First edition. Hardcover. Complete in 2 volumes, contemporary half burgundy morocco and boards, octavo, xxx, (6), 436; (6), (439)-1090 pp. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Frontispiece and 11 full-page engravings in first volume, frontispiece and 28 engravings and facsimiles in second volume. Both volumes with many engravings in the text. Subscriber list in first volume. Tissue guards present for all full-page and text engravings. Front board of first volume lightly spotted, minor scuffing to spines and corners, some foxing, pages 365-369 bound out of order, else a very good and very handsome set. Armorial bookpate of William Horatio Crawford, Lakeland, Cork, to front pastedowns. Very good. Item #17420
"To Dr. Dibdin, more than to any other individual, is to be ascribed the spirit of Bibliomania which raged with such violence in England from about 1812 to 1824." (Allibone's).