A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings. New edition.

  • Kay, John
  • Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black 1878




4 vols., 4to, pp. [iii]-viii, 216; [ii], 217-445, [1]; [iii]-viii, 276; [ii], 277-504 + 362 plates. Contemporary half green morocco, green pebbled cloth boards, spines divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, 2nd and 4th compartments lettered direct in gilt, other compartments tooled centrally in gilt, top edges gilt. Title-page of vol. 1 somewhat worn from adhesion touching a few letters, else just a touch of scattered foxing. A little rubbing to edges, some marking to boards.


A scarce reissue in 4 volumes with new title-pages of the third edition of this collection of Kay's works, published in 2 volumes the previous year. The third edition was the last use of the original copper plates, which were touched up for this edition and destroyed afterward, so this edition must have been to use up surplus sheets, and probably in small numbers. We have only traced a single copy of it on Worldcat, at the Frick Museum in New York, as against 58 records for the 1877 edition.

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