London: W. McDowall, 1816. 3/4 leather edition. Leather bound. 399pp. Octavo [24 cm] 3/4 brown leather with marbled paper covered boards, raised bands, a red leather gilt stamped title label on the spine, and gilt and blind stamped patterns on the spine and covers. Marbled edges and endsheets. Very good. The covers are lightly rubbed. The corners of the covers are lightly bumped, and the underlying boards are just beginning to peek through. Contemporary owner's name in small pen on the title page. The pages are clean and bright. The book is sturdy. Item #19684
Bentley established an international reputation resulting from his argument with Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery (1697–9), in which he proved that the so-called Epistles of Phalaris were false.