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Lot 10: [WESTMACOTT, CHARLES MOLLOY]. THE ENGLISH SPY, 1825 (2 VOL.)
20 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2 volumes, large 8vo (254 x 160mm.), FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with plate 28 in vol. 1 (at p.389) misdated "1284" and p.222 of vol. 2 blank), hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, 70 hand-coloured plates and one plain plate (35 in vol. 1; 36 in volume 2), mostly by Robert Cruikshank (plates in volume 2 slightly out of order from plate 20 onwards), further illustrations in the text by Cruikshank, contemporary grey brown boards, printed paper labels on spines, a few gatherings unopened, each in collector's folding cloth box, some rubbing to boards, spines a little creased and split at hinges, minor loss to corner of leaf H2 in vol. 1, plate at p.76 in vol. 2 coming loose, occasional offsetting
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Provenance: Henry Wells Allfrey (1817-1887), contemporary ownership inscription dated 1837; Edward Hubert Litchfield, bookplate in each volume and pencil note on endpaper of volume 1; his sale, Parke Bernet New York, 4 December 1951, lot 976
Literature: Abbey Life 325