Item #17665 A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans. James Doyle.
A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans.
A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans.
A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans.
A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans.
A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans.

A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1864. First edition with the woodcuts printed by Evans. With eighty-one color-printed woodcuts by Edmund Evans after original drawings by James Doyle. Foxing to blan850ks and half-title. Otherwise, very clean throughout. A very good, bright, and attractive copy. Publisher’s brown cloth elaborately decorated in gilt. Binding is bright and fresh despite some sunning to spine. All edges gilt. Red coated endpapers. Armorial bookplate of “A.F.F.N. and R.H.N.” with the motto “spes salus decus” (the Neshem family?) to front flyleaf. Quarto. viii, 462 pp. Item #17665

“Evans colour printing at its very best is seen again in A Chronicle of England, written and illustrated by James Doyle, elder brother of Richard, and published by Longman in 1864…the numerous small illustrations are set in the text and printed in up to ten colours, as bright as if they had just been painted. As well as being a most gifted draughtsman, Doyle was a heraldic expert (his Official Baronage of England is still a standard work) and made full use of his knowledge. And no one throughout the nineteenth century could mix such bright and clear inks as Evans. These small illustrations rival anything that even Baxter ever did” (McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 184).

Martin Hardie states that this was the last volume printed by Evans on a handpress, and “Mr. Evans told me that he considered this to be the most carefully executed book he had ever printed” (English Coloured Books, p. 270). Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 241.

Price: $850.00

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