London: printed by H. Baldwin: for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, (successors to Mr. Cadell,) in the Strand, M DCC XCVI. , 1796. First Edition. Octavo. Item #029036
Half-title, vii, 424  pages, three folding plates before title page. This major work refers to the fabrications of Samuel Williard Henry Ireland followed by a prospectus for a 20 volume set. [subtitle continues] illustrated by facsimiles of the genuine hand-wiring of that nobleman, and of her majesty; a new fac-simile of the hand-wiring of Shakspeare, never before exhibited; and other authentick documents; in a letter addressed to the Right Hon. James, Earl of Claremont. Malone noted that he began to write about January 10 with the first printing starting on January 20 and finished at the press Monday March 28, with March 31, 1796 being the actual publishing date and all 500 copies were sold on that day and the next (see note in Edmond Malone's copy at the British Library (C.45.e.23).Bound in a modern cloth, spine lettering gilt, endpapers renewed. A very good copy.[ESTC T3742].