Three Gems in One Setting…The Poet’s Song, Tennyson. Field Flowers, Campbell. Pilgrim Fathers, Mrs. Hemans.
Bond, A.L. [Anne Lydia], illustrator.

London: W. Kent & Co., [1860]. First edition. Chromolithograph title-page and 17 chromolithograph plates, three of which are decorative titles for the poems included here: “The Poet’s Song” by Alfred Tennyson, “Field Flowers” by Thomas Campbell, and “Pilgrim Fathers” by Felicia Dorothea Hemans. Each plate is paired with a protective blank leaf. Some fading to cloth and a bit of rubbing to joints. Expertly recased. All edges gilt. Ink gift inscription, dated 1862, from a husband to his wife on blank facing title-page. Some foxing throughout, but overall a very good, clean, and bright copy. Original decorative purple cloth with geometric patterns stamped in gilt and in blind. Also with five sunken panels, one of which is decorated with a chromolithograph paper onlay. Spine stamped in gilt Quarto. (Item ID: 16709)


Anne Lydia Bond (1823-1881) was a painter and photographic colorist. Her illustrations in Three Gems in One Setting were inspired by the work of Noel Humphreys and Owen Jones, as well as by the style of manuscript prayer books. Along with the present work, Bond also illustrated a printing of Tennyson’s “The Miller’s Daughter” for W. Kent in 1858. In 1879, Bond was hired by Lewis Carroll to color his nude photographs of Evelyn Hatch.

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