THOMSON, James Works (2 vols.)

London, printed for A. Miller, 1738


8vo in 2 vols (the 2nd vol t.p. has the added lines: “with Alterations and Additions”) pp. 277 [viii] 75 [v]; [viii] 238 [vii] 71 [i]. Contemporary calf, rebacked, slight waterstain to the t.p. in vol 1, in good condition with clean sharp impression of the plates.

Volume 2 incorporates the first edition of Agamemnon: British Library only has vol. 1 (according to CHEL, X p. 447). This is the first collected edition with uniform t.p. of the volumes. With 5 engravings on copper in volume 1, executed by Fourdrinier after W. Kent. Fourdrinier’s designs first appeared in 4to-size in the 1730 edition of Thompson’s works. A 1744 edition is mistakenly regarded as their first 8vo size appearance (Hammelmann p.58).

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