The Floral Gift. An Illuminated Souvenir. Samuel Stanesby.
The Floral Gift. An Illuminated Souvenir.

The Floral Gift. An Illuminated Souvenir.

London: Griffith & Farran, [1863]. First edition. Contains poetry and prose about love by Shakespeare, Eliza Cook, William Wordsworth, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Brainard, and about two dozen other authors. With chromolithograph frontispiece bearing the quote, “Consider the lilies of the field.” Each page chromolithographed by Thomas Bessent with ornamental borders and calligraphic text. Also with protective interleaving. Binding is very clean and attractive. All edges gilt. Some light foxing to the interleaves. A very good, very bright copy. Publisher’s blindstamped green cloth decorated in gilt and with raised panels. Small quarto. [30] pp. Item #16911

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…They were small books with every page chromolithographed, and highly decorated bindings,” (p. 134).

See McLean, p. 134.

Price: $450.00

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