Very Good. Item #6774
Two volumes rebound in one.
London: Printed for B. Barker at the College-Arms near Dean's-Yard, Westminister; and A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, at the Red-Lion in Pater-noster Row, 1732. First Edition. 16mo (6.25" x 3.75"); x, 297 pp., 1 page of advertisements. Other copies note 5 pages of advertisements so this edition is likely missing the last two leaves, perhaps lost in the rebinding. All other pages present. Some newspaper clippings of proverbs and additional manuscript notes on front flyleaf. One states: "He who has butter on his head should not walk in the Sun." On page 120, the same person added in the bottom margin, "It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright." Some checkmarks in pencil in the margins. Otherwise, pages clean and unmarked.
Oxford: Printed by Slatter and Munday, for R. S. Kirby, Paternoster-Row, London; And sold by All the Booksellers, 1803. First edition. 16mo (6"x3.75"); vi, 146 pp. All pages present. "From M. Pratt to Miss Rundle" written on top edge of title page. "J. S. Pratt 1814" also written on the bottom of the dedication page. Some checkmarks in pencil in the margins. Otherwise, pages clean and unmarked. OCLC shows only three holdings of this exact edition.
Both texts rebound in brown leather with red spine label and title in gilt. Binding sound with only minor rubbing to corners and wear near upper edges of spine. Newspaper clippings of proverbs and additional manuscript notes pasted to front attached endpaper.
This copy from the personal library of journalist and language expert William Safire, but with no ownership marks or plates.