Cambridge: John Baskerville, 1761 . 'PRIDE AND PREJUDICE' ASSOCIATION. Third impression of the FIRST BASKERVILLE EDITION, owned by the family of Bishop Porteus (1731-1809), notable Abolitionist, Church reformer, and basis for the character of Mr. Collins in Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. Large octavo (25 x 17cm), unpaginated. In contemporary red full morocco, recently re-backed with original gilt-decorated spine pasted over new spine. Elaborate gilt decoration to board borders. Marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Bookplate of William Wade Porteous, notable bibliophile and collector, to front pastedown. Large calligraphic ownership inscription of Francis Thompson of Helperby, sister to Bishop Porteus, in black ink to flyleaf dated 1775. Repairs to corners and moderate wear to boards; wear and darkening to original leather pasted over new spine. Good overall, restored to an attractive and usable condition. Item #49488
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