- London, England: John Major, 1836.
- contemporarty half leather, marbled paper-covered boards, marbled endpapers
- xxxvi, 556; (ii), 557-982 pages
Price: $125.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 126909
First and only edition (Windle and Pippin A62; Jackson no. 86). Windle and Pippin note that this edition limited to 1250 copies. Dedication, preface, list of subscribers, corrigenda. An autobiography with information on bookselling and book collecting in the early 19th century, but with very little information on Dibdin himself. Frontispiece portrait of Dibdin and nine additional plates in text. Allibone stated that this work "should be in the possession of every one aspiring to be a man of books" (A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors (Philadelphia, 1872). Not a matched set. Outside front joint cracked on first volume. Covers of second volume separated, along with front free endpapers. Spine of second volume lacking. Foxing on plates. Working copy.