Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England, from the Earliest Times to the Reign of King George IV
London, John Murray, 1856 (fourth edition, corrected)/ 1846.
Octavo, ten volumes, with approximately 400 pages per volume.
Early full brown calf with contrasting title-labels on the spines; all edges and endpapers marbled; leather lightly rubbed and scuffed; an excellent set.
On the front pastedown of the first volume the small name-plate of J.W. Downer is mounted at the foot of his unnamed armorial bookplate (which appears in all ten volumes). Sir John William Downer (1843-1915), lawyer and politician; he was twice premier of South Australia in the 1880s and 1890s, and was one of the Fathers of Australian Federation.