London: Luke Hansard & Sons, 1812. Second edition. Original cloth over boards. Octavos. xxxii, 344 and [iv], 499 pages. Dark brown blind embossed ribbed cloth over boards, with gilt-stamped spine titles, yellow endpapers. Handsome bookplate on each front pastedown (see further description below). Some shallow chipping at spine ends and in a couple of places along joints. Splitting of cloth at top 1 1/2" of both joints on volume II, though boards and hinges remain firmly attached. Interiors bright and clean. A near fine set overall.
Thomas Twining had produced the first useable English translation of Aristotle's Poetics in 1789. This is the second edition of 1812, edited by his nephew.
This 2-volume set has an attractive armorial bookplate bearing the name "Hoar" on the front pastedown of each volume. According to a pencilled notation on the rear pastedown of volume I, the set was owned by George Frisbie Hoar, Abolitionist, Radical Republican, and Massachusetts senator from 1877-1904.
A handsome set in its original cloth bindings. Fitted with custom Mylar protective covers.