Te Deum Laudamus...Chromolithographed by M. & N. Hahatrt.
[ Faithfull, Emily, printer]. Fleet, Esther Faithfull, [illuminator].

[London:] Emily Faithfull, Victoria Press, [n.d., 1868]. First edition. Twenty-nine chromolithograph plates (each with a blank protective page) plus 9 pages of descriptions of the plates. The plates include depictions of the Ark of the Covenant with cherubim, enclosed in a 15th century-style border (plate #4); the emblems of 12 saints, including Saint Peter’s keys (plate #7); and church windows with the cross, anchor, and heart symbols worked into the glass (plate #10). Some toning and wear to covers and some rubbing to extremities. All edges gilt. Dark brown endpapers. A bit of foxing and toning to endpapers and some light offsetting from plates throughout. Bottom right corners of a few leaves are lightly dampstained. Overall a very good, bright copy of a rare book with extremely ornate, vivid plates. Original blue cloth lettered and elaborately stamped in gilt. Neatly rebacked. Large octavo. [4] pp., [58] ll., 9 pp. (Item ID: 16676)


Michael Hanhart (1788–1865) and his son Nicholas Hanhart were prominent chromolithographers who created the plates for Welby Pugin’s Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume (Henry Bohn, 1844). In Victorian Book Design, Ruari calls the Glossary was one of the most outstanding color printed books of the Victorian period (p. 113).

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