SPENCE, Joseph. Anecdotes, observations and characters, of books and men. Collected from the conversation of Mr. Pope, and other eminent persons of his time. Published by W. H. Carpenter...and Archibald Constable and Co.. 1820. First edition.
xxxix, , 501pp,  With an engraved portrait frontispiece. Handsomely bound in contemporary polished calf, contrasting green morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Slight rubbing to extremities. Foxing to frontispiece, light browning to title. From the library of successful merchant of Scottish origin and later M.P. for Lancaster, Woodstock and Berwick, Sir John Gladstone (1761-1851), with the book label of his country estate Fasque to FEP, and the ink ownership inscription; 'John Gladstone Esq. M. P. Seaforth House - Dec. 24th 1820' to head of title.