1760. Item #90162
STERNE, Laurence. THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY, GENTLEMAN. . London, R. and J. Dodsley, 1760-61 (Volumes I-IV). London: T. Becket and P.A. Dehondt, 1762-67 (Volumes V-IX). Nine octavo volumes. Volumes III-IX first editions; I and II are second editions. Volumes V, VII and IX are signed by Sterne on the first text page of each. Volume I has a frontispiece after William Hogarth. Volume III has the marbled plate, as called for, but lacks its frontispiece. Half-titles in volumes IV, VI, IX. Errata for volumes VII and VIII printed on verso of title-page in volume VII. Bound in early full calf, nicely rebacked with period numbering. The joints of volume I are a bit tender now, but all the others are sound. The final text leaves in volume III are loose. There is occasional, light foxing to some endpapers and/or fly-leaves; otherwise the text leaves are clean. Volume IX has two lines of (non authorial) writing in a contemporary hand (from Robert Burns' "A Man's a Man for a' That") at the bottom of page [vi]. Engraved armorial bookplate in volume I.