Light for the Path of Life, from the Holy Scriptures. Samuel Stanesby, compiler and illusstrator.
Light for the Path of Life, from the Holy Scriptures.
Light for the Path of Life, from the Holy Scriptures.
Light for the Path of Life, from the Holy Scriptures.

Light for the Path of Life, from the Holy Scriptures.

London: Griffith & Farran, [1858]. First edition of one of the scarcest of Stanesby’s works. Every page richly chromolithographed from Stanesby’s designs by Ashbee & Dangerfield. With decorative borders, initials, etc. Interleaved with protective blanks. Slight rubbing to extremities, though binding is still very attractive. Binding somewhat loose, as usual, with some leaves detached at gutter (laid in at original position). All edges gilt. Aside from some offsetting to protective blanks, remarkably clean throughout (with none of the usual foxing). A very good, very bright copy. Publisher’s blindstamped green cloth with elaborate gilt borders, title, and spine. Beveled edges. Octavo. [32] pp. Item #17009

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 eleven physical copies of this edition, only three of which are located in the United States (the Getty, Yale, and University of Delaware).

Price: $600.00