RESERVED - A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and in Scotland - Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin 1838 - Printed for the author by C. Richards, London - First Edition Dibdin’s two volume bibliographic tour of the libraries of Northern England and Scotland, in contemporary bindings, richly illustrated with in-text engravings, forty full page plates as listed and two more not called for (’Facade of Entrance into the Glasgow Cemetery’ (701) and ‘Seal of Cardinal Beaton and of the University of St. Andrew’ (888))

Full of anecdotes, footnotes that tempt one astray from the text, and Dibdin’s thoughts on a variety of encounters, for example on drinking too much ‘Whiskey’ –

‘We were now then at Dumfries. During and after dinner, I made attacks upon the whiskey in every possible direction: with and without aqueous dilution – with and without saccharine infusion: but to no purpose. “Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, WHISKEY, still thou art a bitter draught”*. With or without sugar, or water – hot or cold – still thou art brimstone and fire to-day, and fire and brimstone to-morrow. As it was my
first, so it was my last, experiment upon this generally seductive liquor with the Scotch. In the everlasting toddy-potations at Glasgow, I could never be brought to hear my part in brandishing a ladle or emptying a rummer. Even its infusion into the punch-bowl there, though that bowl came fresh and foaming from the “cunning” hand of the good Joseph Hunter, Esq. – even then, the slightest infusion of this pellucid dram seemed, to my palate, to poison the whole of its contents. “Ah, sir, but you should just live in the mountains a twelvemonth – and then!” – “Execrate it the more”, replied I. My disputant thought me a “hopeless character:” and I bade a longum vale to whiskey.

*Substitute “slavery” for “whiskey”, and the quotation is from Sterne. They place very small bottles or decanters of this liquor by the side of a glass, before you; and I believe sixpence will supply you with a portion . . . sufficient to make your head ache for a week. It is poetically called “MOUNTAIN DEW” !’ [Volume II page 446].
  Provenance: Bookplate of Per-Erik och Ludmilla Lindahl.

Reference: William Jackson,
An Annotated List of the Publications of The Reverend Thomas Frognall Dibdin 89. Windle and Pippin A65.

Large octavo (binding size 25.5 x 16.5 cm) pp. [2] xv [1] [5 (List of Subscribers)] [1] xxx [6] 436 [2]; [6] [2] 440-1090 [2].
  In contemporary full tan calf, spine with single gilt lozenges and later twin burgundy morocco title labels lettered in gilt, boards with single fillet borders in blind, triple gilt fillet to edges and turn-ins, speckled edges, brown coated endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, some areas of light spotting, in very good bindings, rubbing to edges, outer hinges with wear and some cracking.   Ref: 109322   Price: HK$ 5,000