London: Griffith and Farran, [n.d., 1850]. First edition. All pages are chromographically illustrated in colors and gold with elaborate borders and decorative titles. Also with a chromolithograph title-page and presentation page. Chromolithographed by Ashbee & Dangerfield. A slight rubbing to head and tail of spine and corners, but overall the binding is very clean and attractive. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Stiff card leaves throughout. Expertly restored: leaves neatly reinserted and inner joints reinforced. One tissue guard missing, all others firmly in place. Some light foxing to blank pages only. Ink signature (dated December 1860) to presentation page. A very good, bright, and lovely copy of an uncommon book. Original maroon morocco paneled in blind and titled in gilt. Beveled edges. Gilt spine with raised bands. Octavo. 27 pp. Item #16769
In Victorian Book Design, Ruari McLean writes: “A series of illuminated books with a character of their own, and almost the only series not published by Day & Son, were those illuminated by Samuel Stanesby. He produced at least eleven between 1857 and 1865, published by Griffith & Farran, and mostly chromolithographed by Ashbee & Dangerfield. They were small books with every page chromolithographed, and highly decorated bindings,” (p. 134).
OCLC records eight copies, only three of which can be found in the United States (Yale, University of Delaware, and the Getty). Three are located in the United Kingdom (one at Oxford and two at the British Library), one in Canada (University of Toronto), and one in the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).
McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 134.
Also see McLean, Victorian Publisher’s Book-Bindings in Cloth & Leather, p. 70.
OCLC records eight copies, four in North America. McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 134. Also see McLean, Victorian Publisher’s Book-Bindings in Cloth & Leather, p. 70.