London: Printed for T. and J. Allman, 1819. Second edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. 156pp. Original three-quarter leather over marbled boards with gilt ruling and lettering on red leather label of spine. Variant title page w/o first line of second edition "Antiquitates Curiosae:", the fourth line "Old Sayings, Proverbs," the eighth line "by Joseph Taylor," and first line below title page etching reading "Second Edition." Everything else including etching on title page is identical to second edition held in various libraries. No record of this variant at Huntington Library or OCLC.
"The object of this volume is to convey to the reader the derivation of many old and curious sayings, that are repeatedly occurring to us, as well as the origin of names given to most of the principal streets in London. It is hoped, that it will be found to contain whatever is most worthy of notice, its intent being both to amuse and instruct." (From Advertisement page following the title page). Binding with some wear along edges, some scuffing including joints, light fraying of leather at head, small closed tear at tail of spine. Small book plate of Oscar Sutro and Hebrew stamp and inked name of previous owner on inside front cover. Book plate offsetting to free endpaper. Inked name on second front free endpaper. Some foxing of front and back free endpapers, first and last few pages of block, sporadic light foxing in block. Binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43245