London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864.
First edition. Large, thick quarto, sumptuously bound in full, black crushed morocco, gilt lettering on spine with lavish full red morocco doublures surrounded by black morocco and the two intricately adorned with flowing gilt designs. On the front doublure, in gilt, is this presentation inscription: "From J. W. Houton. 706 Broadway. N.Y. to Mrs. Mark Hopkins." The binding is signed on the rear doublure: "R. W. Smith, Binder." LARGE PAPER COPY, 250 Copies. Silk blue endsheets followed by marbled paper endsheets. Produced by the famed Henry Shaw who also provided decorations and initials. Considered by many to be the zenith of engravings and book design in the Victorian Period containing engravings by Linton, Cooper, Anderson, Dalziel and many others in concert to produce a book that hearkened to design of the 16th Century. With the bookplate of Edward Frances Searles, famous interior and architectural designer. J.W. Houton was a New York Bookseller and Mrs. Mark Hopkins was the wife of the millionaire railroad magnate, Mark Hopkins. Fine condition. In near contemporay slipcase (marbled paper).
Price: $2,500.00 Item #3198