Two works in 4 vols., 8vo, pp. xvi, [viii], 612; -1120; xvi, 544; -1008 + engraved title-page in each vol. Contemporary polished tree calf, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco labels and green morocco volume numbers, all edges blue. Paper somewhat toned, occasional spotting. Spines gently creased, extremities a touch rubbed, some light scratches, two endcaps just slightly worn. Armorial bookplates of William Forbes of Pitsligo to front pastedowns.
An attractive set of later editions of these best-selling anthologies - 'Prose' is the seventh edition, and 'Poetry' just an 'Improved Edition'. The imprints (which vary slightly between the two titles) contain dozens of names & partnerships, a sign of how many slices the regular profits from the works were able to be divided into.
ESTC T130937 (vols. 1-2).