First edition, first issue. Publisher's original green cloth with silver titles, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with 18 full page and 10 smaller line drawings by John Ward. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with some fading and rolling to the spine tips. The contenst are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the price-clipped dustwrapper which is rubbed, nicked and chipped at the extremities.
A rare binding variant of the the first issue (containing the passage on page 272 describing the fire at the piano-works, subsequently suppressed) with the green cloth boards lettered in silver to the spine rather than gilt.
Stock code: 16242