Recent printings of The Postmistress have dropped the rough-cut edging. Jason and I have talking about watching books in later printings drop in quality. In this case, it's an aesthetic choice. Sometimes it's about thinner paper. That said, you can still find some nice copies of the book around, and that includes Boswell.
In the picture at left, the top book is an earlier printing and the bottom is more recent.
Hey, one way to fight ebooks is with the quality of the book, right? I'm paying attention.