011. BLUNT (John James) Vestiges of Ancient Manners and Customs, discovered in Modern Italy and Sicily, London, John Murray, 1823

Rare. Richard Ford’s copy: it once held his bookplate and 2 signatures, but these have been removed by an unscrupulous autograph hunter. A few marginal & other notes, and the offset of his bookplate, are all that remain of Ford’s ownership. Intriguingly this copy also carries the collation note and number, in pencil, from one of the Beckford sales.

8vo, pp. xvi, 293 +1 (n.n.) colophon, original boards (the binding is scrappy and needs attention; f.e.p.’s chopped).

£300