by BOND, A.L. (editor)
BOND, Anne Lydia, (editor). THREE GEMS IN ONE SETTING. London: W. Kent, n.d. (1860). Small 4to. Original decorative purple cloth with geometric patterns blind stamped in gilt cloth. Chromolithograph title-page, and 17 chromolithograph plates. First edition. [McLean, Victorian Publisher's Bookbindings, page 118; Ball, page 55; Wakeman and Bridson, page 17.] Anne Lydia Bond 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. The book consists of 18 delicate chromolithographic plates by David Brand, illustrating poems by Alfred Tennyson, "The Poet's Song"; Thomas Campbell, "Field Flowers"; and Felicia Dorothea Hemans, "Pilgrim Fathers." The purple cloth binding features deep insets and an arabesque design, noted by Ball to reflect a Moorish influence. An inset, color-printed only depicts a rural evening scene and is different from the typographic example photographed in McLean's Victorian Publisher's Book-Bindings in Cloth and Leather. Spine and lower edge of binding faded. Some fading to cloth binding and rubbing to joints, all edges gilt. Expertly recased. Ink gift inscription dated 1862, from a husband to his wife on blank leaf facing title page. Some foxing, otherwise a very good, clean, and bright copy.
(Inventory #: 40580)