Revised edition corrected and enlarged. 11 volumes (complete).
London: George Bell and Sons, 1869-1880.
Octavo, orange cloth. Spines sunned with small ink notations, spine ends and cover corners slightly rubbed, covers lightly dust soiled, Part I has flecks of green pigment adhering to rear cover, Part XI cover has tape-mended one inch tear at foredge, edges and endpapers slightly browned, some endpapers cracked at spine, else fine.
This is the best edition of Lowndes' landmark work, with Bohn's invaluable additions, including the final volume (the appendix). Lowndes had begun this work in 18820, and while working on it, he also compiled some of Bohn's famous catalogues -- his knowledge of English books and bibliography was encyclopedic. This work covers early English printing, history, literature and includes annotations for nearly every work, bibliographic details, locations of copies of the rarer books, and recent market values. Lowndes' work inspired a wider interest in both bibliography and book-collecting, and influenced several generations of researchers and collectors.