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The "Bab" Ballads: Much Sound and Little Sense

by W.S.Gilbert

Condition: Good+

Published by George Routledge in London in partnership with Camden Press, Dalziel Brothers Engravers & Printers. First collection in book form, later printing (1873 or later - deduced from advertisements), hardcover without jacket, 18.5 x 14.5 cm, ix (self-effacing preface & t-o-c), 222 pp + 4 pp list of Illustrated Gift-Books, green boards - upper board has detailed gilt title and drawings, gilt lettering on spine, all edges gilt, sharp comic wood engravings, boards with bevelled edges. In Good Plus condition - wear at spine top and bottom, fading to spine, slightly cocked, corners bumped, spine rubbing, but overall in nice shape, internals clean with minmal toning. The wonderful engravings make this piece of Victoriana.


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