First Collected Edition of John Wesley's Works
The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, ... Bristol: William Pine, 1771-1774. 32 volumes, 8vo, matching contemporary speckled & polished calf (raised bands & gilt lines to spine), red labels; the front hinge is starting to split on volume 1 & the rear on volume 21; a few volumes are slightly chipped at the head of the spine; there is a slight discoloration due to the removal of old library labels; the text is crisp and clean throughout. Ex-libris the Bishop Phillpotts Library, Truro, with presentation bookplates (from the Rev. Canon Hockin, M.A. 1887) in each volume. ***This is the first edition of JW's works; the material was collected and edited by Wesley himself. While odd volumes are occasionally available for sale, the set as a set is rare, especially so as a matching set in an attractive contemporary binding. $18,000.