This is a wonderful 1777 version of the book, titled 'The Poetical Works of Samuel Butler. Vol. II, containing his Hubridas in three parts' is bound in leather and features a red morocco leather label to the spine with gilt tooled text reading 'Butler'.
On the front paste down we find a late 18th century pictorial armorial engraved bookplate ex libris, the text reads 'Robert Watson Wade.' The book was from the personal library of Robert Watson Wade. The heraldic oval shield is placed against a tree, to the left of the shield is a hound resting its paw on a knights helmet, to the right of the shield is a large eagle. We have found a Robert Watson Wade Esq, First Clerk to the Treasury who was a man of some standing and wealth. He was born in 1755, died 1835 in Middlesex, London. He was baptized at Saint Peter and Saint Kevin, Dublin, Ireland, son of Robert and Mary Wade.He married a Mary Parks in Dublin in 1774. He subscribed £4000 to the bank of Ireland in 1808. Bookplates were seen as marks of prestige and owners took great pride in their creation, they are now highly collectible.
Printed on laid paper, the book also features a wonderful engraved frontispiece reading 'Printed for John Bell near Exeter Exchange Strand London march 1 ft. 1777.'
Measuring: Width 3 3/8 inch (8.5 cm) by height 5 1/8 inch (13 cm). Depth 5/8 inch (2 cm).
Condition: The exterior of this over two hundred year old book does have some wear. The leather front cover does have some play, the spine has cracking to the leather. The text is generally in good condition, a few of the pages have some minor rips, tears, folds or surface stains but nothing detrimental.
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