London: Chapman and Hall, 1844. First Edition. Octavo. Item #023005
First issue with "all" the issue points of Smith and Hatton and Cleaver. Although, the present copy does have the pound sign before the £100. According to Hatton and Cleaver (p.86) the vignette title page was etched in triplicate, two of the etchings reading "£ 100" and one "100£". Since all these plates were contemporary and used simultaneously in the printing of the parts, there is no first state, or priority of the illustration as has been often cited in catalogs. A very handsome copy bound by Morrell in full tan polished calf triple ruled in gilt, raised bands with compartments fully gilt decorated, red and brown morocco spine labels gilt, all edges gilt. Frontispiece does have some scattered foxing, but the other plates are clean with an occasional spot or spots of foxing. An exceptionally nice copy.