1838 · Philadelphia
A stereotyped collection of works by three early 19th–century British poets, presented in => a handsome American blind-embossed binding. This anthology includes some of Hemans' (1793–1835) most admired works, such as Records of Woman and Hymns on the Works of Nature, along with the best-known hymns and poems of Heber (1783–1826) and Pollok (1798–1827).
The present example is an extra-illustrated copy. In addition to a frontispiece of Hemans and a pastoral title-page vignette, both engraved by W.H. Ellis, it bears tipped in on the back of the frontispiece a stunning added engraving of Hemans after a plaque by Edward William Wyon ("by A. Collas's Patent Process"). A portrait of Pollok "engraved by T.A. Dean from the only drawing from life ever taken" is mounted on a leaf before his Course of Time.
Binding: Intricately embossed burgundy calf with gilt lettering to spine; the spine design is derived from a Remnant & Edmonds spine plaque, according to Wolf. Each board has a medallion in the center featuring a woman in a chariot pulled by two galloping horses with several delicate stars in the sky; the medallion is framed by elaborate acanthus and foliate motifs. Blue marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. Signed by => Benjamin Gaskill ("Gaskill, Phila") on spine.
WorldCat locates only eight copies of this 1838 edition.
Wolf, From Gothic Windows to Peacocks, 190. Bound as above, mildest rubbing; marbled endpapers rubbed and slightly discolored just along edges from action by turn-ins. First set of contents with pages bound out of order. Interior age-toned as expectable, with instances of foxing especially along top edges throughout and with light evidence of old waterstaining along bottom ones; title-page with short inked line from outer edge, added engraving with small closed tear => A nice example of Gaskill's embossing work and a delightful volume overall, "personalized. (Inventory #: 38710)