London: Printed by G. Woodfall for F.C. & J. Rivington and Others, 1814. Second Edition. Half leather and marbled boards. 3-volume set, 8vos (8 3/4" x 5 1/2"0, half black contemporary strait-grained Morocco and marbled boards, with 5 raised bands on spine, profusely illustrated, marbled endpapers matching covers, Vol. I: viii, 2 folding plates--being facsimilies of letters, 588 pp.; Vol. II: half-title, xi, 2 folding facsimile plates [order reversed], 518 pp.; half-title, xiii, 2 facsimile plates, one of which--"Plate V"--is folding & the another "Plate VI" depicts 5 seals, 510 pages. HEAVY: 3 Vols. = ~ 5 lbs. Near Fine / None. Item #2610
"Junius" was the pseudonym of a writer [arguably Sir Philip Francis] who contributed a series of 69 private, open letters critical of the government of King George III to the Public Advertiser, from 1769 to 1772. These and numerous other personal letters were not included in his Letters of Junius collection, published by Henry Sampson Woodfall, the editor of the Public Advertiser, as 2 volumes in 1772--leading some to PREFER this SECOND EDITION.
Several unauthorised editions were published before 1772, and many others afterwards. The 1772 Woodfall edition, however, was believed to have been arranged by Junius, and includes the opening "Dedication to the English Nation" in which Junius expresses his desire to educate the public and thanks them for their support. In the "Preface" he grants ownership and copyright of the letters to Woodfall.--Wikipedia
Early signature of "James Gray" in each volume. Some browning caused by ;offset from plates. Overall a very clean and crisp set. Edge rubbing. Volume 3 has a rough patch in the lower half of the spine's leather.