London: Printed for Cadell and Davies.... Etc, and Samuel Bagster, 1807. 12mo, bound in full tree-calf, spines ruled and with contrasting leather labels lettered in gilt. 122 of 124 volumes, bound two volumes to one (61 books); lacking Vols 117-118. Most volumes with one or two attractive portrait engravings. This edition, usually referred to as "Bagster's Edition", is a reprint of John Bell's edition of 1777 - 92, which was issued in 109 volumes. Includes introductions with critical and biographical notes by Samuel Johnson and others. Some spine labels missing; one volume (v. 79-80, Pope Vol 2-3) has the front board sympathetically replaced. The POETS... begins with a lovely set of Chaucer (14 volumes). Note: This is a very large multi-volume set and will require extra postage to ship to most destinations. Item #313069
¶ Curiously, these were available in two different formats: 124 volumes or 62 double-volumes; and what we have here is the 124 single volumes bound as doubles. The missing volume, Books 117-118, contain the third part of Churchill's works (v. 117) and the works of Falconer (v. 118).