John Brown. Letters upon the Poetry and Music of the Italian Opera; Addressed to a Friend

John Brown. Letters upon the Poetry and Music of the Italian Opera; Addressed to a Friend. By the late Mr. John Brown, Painter. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell and Bradfute; and C. Elliot and T. Kay...London, 1789. First edition. Small octavo in fours (6.25 x 3.875 inches; 158 x 98 mm.). [2, title (verso blank)], [2, errata (verso blank)], [iii]-xx, 141, [1, blank] pages. Diagram on page 127.
Contemporary tree calf. Smooth spine, divided into compartments by decorative gilt bands, with a burgundy leather label decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt; board edges decoratively tooled in blind; edges stained yellow. Green silk ribbon bookmark (causing browning to pages 18 and 19, as well as to pages 36 and 37, where it once rested). The binding is a little rubbed, with a few small areas of surface loss at head of spine and top edge of front board, and a small piece chipped away from foot of spine; corners lightly bumped; boards exposed on upper corner of rear cover; joints cracked, but strengthened and holding firm. Endpapers and first and last leaves (including title-page) browned at the edges from turn-in glue; small faint stain to fore-edge. Top edge of title very slightly frayed; tiny tear to upper edge of c1 (pages xix/xx). Leaf S3 (pages 141/[142]) with a diagonal crease from the top edge to the gutter, just affecting the page
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