A hard-to-find-complete work, because it was issued in parts. If you're of the type that might enjoy this work, I think you'd prefer to read the following excerpt rather than anything I can write:
1877 Oxford University Press, Notes and Queries, page 367 –
THE RECREATIVE REVIEW. —I shall be glad to have any information regarding The Recreative Review, or Eccentricities of Life and Literature, 3 vols., London, 1821/3. It is difficult to meet with complete, having been issued in parts. I have only met with two copies during the last thirty years, and I am in the habit of looking over a great number of second-hand book catalogues. It is a most extraordinary omnium gathered of curious matter on almost every conceivable subject. In the copy which I possess, and which once belonged to an accomplished book collector, there are many annotations. Among these occurs the following : “The bookseller from whom I bought this very amusing book, in London, after long inquiry and search for it, said it was edited by Mr. Douce”.
In any notices I have seen of Francis Douce nothing is said as to his conection with this work. He was an antiquary of great learning, and for some time Keeper of the MSS. in the British Museum. He has been called “the Person of Old English and French literature.” He is introduced in Dibdin's Bibliomania under the name of Prospero, and references to him and his library will be found in Dibdin's Reminiscences as well. He is also mentioned in the Bibliographical Decameron. He left a large collection of MSS., which he ordered to be kept in a sealed box in the British Museum until January 1, 1900, when they are to be brought to light. He was the author of “Illustrations of Shakespeare and of Ancient Manners, with Dissertations on the Clowns and Fools of Shakespeare, on the Collection of Popular Tales entitled “Gesta Romanorum,' and on the English Morris Dance"; and also of another work on Holbein's Dance of Death.
Physical Attributes -
Each measures approx. 22.5 x 14 x 3 cm. 1/4 leather with leather corners (not enough leather to call them 1/2). 6 compartments on spine; two with the title and volume on Moroccan in gilt. Marbled boards. Marbled edges. Marbled endpapers. Vol. 1 - 564 pages, Vol. 2 - 568 pages, Vol. 3 - 568 pages.
See pictures. Some edge and shelf wear. Occasional rub to the boards. Spine rubbed. Little chips at bottom of vol 2 spine, and top of volume 3. Spines slightly sunned. Some bookseller notes on the endpapers. Hinges are good (not cracked). Volume II, page 304 has some annotations and underlining in pencil. Foxing spots throughout, as typical to paper of this period; not excessive, pages are not brittle and the text is entirely readable. Occasional toning of pages as well.
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