London / Londres, 1757. [vi], [x], 365 pp., ; [iv], 480 pp., ; [iv[, 365 pp., . Illus. with 14 plates (3 folding). Sm. 8vo. Quarter brown morocco over marbled paper-covered boards. Gilt titles and decorations to spine, sewn in bookmarks, marbled endpapers. First edition. Boards and spines rubbed, some loss of paper at the corners, tiny chip to head of spine on one volume, leaves clean, bindings tight, a good+ to very good set. Uncommon. Lowndes: p.336; Cohen-De Ricci (Rev.), p.196. Item #25347
Translation is by John Towneley, a close friend of Voltaire's. Remarques at the end of each volume are by Henry Larcher. The plates are copied from the original Hogarth illustrations of 1726. Vol. 1 dated incorrectly with M.MCC.LVII on English title-page. See Lowndes "Bibliographer's Manual" (p. 336): "This masterly translation was made by John Towneley and not by Col. Francis Towneley as generally reported," as noted in pencil by an earlier bookseller on the prelims. This is the issue of only 200 copies. Scarce.