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The Book Rarities in the University of Cambridge.

HARTSHORNE (The Rev. Charles Henry).

HARTSHORNE (The Rev. Charles Henry).

The Book Rarities in the University of Cambridge. Illustrated by Original Letters and Notes, Biographical, Literary and Antiquarian.

Woodcut frontispiece, engraved vignette on the title-page, and illustrations and head and tail pieces in the text.

First Edition. Large 8vo. [267 x 184 x 45 mm]. xiv, [ii], 559, [1] pp. Recently bound in green goatskin, the covers gilt tooled with a dog-tooth and line border, an outer double fillet panel, with a floral ornament at the corners, mitred to a middle and an panel formed by floral rolls. The spine divided into six panels, with gilt compartments, the bands tooled with a floral roll, lettered in the second panel and dated at the foot, the other panels with centre and corner tools, the edges of the boards gilt tooled with a floral roll, marbled endleaves, light yellow edges.
London: [by A. & R. Spottiswoode] for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, and J. and J.J. Deighton [in Cambridge], 1829.

Occasional light spotting and browning, but a very good copy which remains untrimmed at the fore-edge and foot. The binding looks as if it could be contemporaneous with the book, but is probably not more than a few years old. It is an impressive piece of work.

Hartshorne (1802-1865) had been inspired in his antiquarian and bibliographical pursuits by Dibdin and Heber. In 1828 he was ordained and married the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Kerrich, principal librarian of the university of Cambridge.

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