This handsome six volume set is one of a limited edition of three hundred copies "printed on Fine Paper," is numbered 273, and signed in ink "E. Beresford Chancellor" on the verso of the half-title page of each volume. All six volumes share many of the same characteristics: the title page is printed with both red and black ink, there are eight pages of front matter, and there are eight illustrations in each including the frontispiece. Here follows the title and the number of pages of each volume: I. Old Rowley (King Charles II). 227pp. II. The Restoration Rakes: Buckingham, Rochester, Dorset, Sedley, Etheredge, Wycherley. 264pp. III. Charteris and Wharton. 243pp. IV. The Hell-Fire Club: Sandwich, Dashwood, Wilkes, Churchill, etc. 256pp. V. "Old Q" and Barrymore. 242pp. VI. The Regency Rakes: The Regent, Hertford, Hanger, etc. 235pp. Original hardcover bindings, blue cloth spine with paper labels, textured and patterned orange paper over boards covers. The spines have aged, some are slightly faded, so the set no longer has a strictly uniform appearance. The flyleaves of each volume are now browned but the books are printed on high quality paper so the content pages remain in fine condition. There is a "spare" printed paper label tucked inside the back flyleaves for each volume except the first; we suspect that "replacement label" has already been used. A couple of the other volumes have labels which are now somewhat unattractive but the remedy is at hand. As mentioned, the fine quality of the paper used for this set is noteworthy: the top edge of each volume has been trimmed, otherwise rough deckle-edges. It's a joy to hold and read any given volume in the set. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE LIVES OF THE RAKES. (complete six volume...
Publisher: Philip Allan & Co.
Publication Date: 1924
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited Edition
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