Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1762. Folio (9 1/4 x 14 1/4; 36.5 cm). Contemporary red morocco, covers with double gilt fillet border enclosing a double gilt panel, the outer panel border formed by a single ornamented roll with a crown at each corner, the inner panel border formed by two ornamental rolls with corner crowns; unlettered spine with six raised bands, compartments filled with gilt ornaments, all edges gilt; "Dutch" gilt floral endpapers stamp signed Johann Lupus Ehinger. Small paper label with manuscript shelf mark ("Q6") in upper corner of pastedown. Corners and joints rubbed; spine faded to brown, joints splitting at top two inches, leaves F1-H2 slightly cockled at lower outer margin. Still a handsome copy. Item #9485
One of 100 copies printed on fine J. Whatman paper (there were also 400 copies on "regular" paper) beautifully printed in Latin, English, Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, and Welsh. These verses by Oxford poets celebrate the birth of the future George IV, son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. Binding is likely by Alexander Thompson, a binder to the University. Maggs catalogue 1212 Bookbinding in the British Isles item 99 attributes to Alexander Thompson a similar-sounding binding on a copy of the 1736 "Gratulatio" on the nuptials of the Prince & Princess of Wales. Carter, History of the Oxford University Press Volume 1, p. 574.