by STANSBY, Samuel
STANSBY, Samuel. THE FLORAL GIFT. London: Griffith and Farran, (1863). 8vo. Beveled, full red morocco, all edges gilt. 16 chromolithographic pages. First edition. This is most likely the last of eleven books that Samuel Stanesby illuminated for Griffith and Farran from 1857 through 1865. Stanesby's illuminations, chromolithographed by Thomas Bessent in six or more colors each, are distinctively and identifiably his own designs. Each page of text has ornamented borders, most with calligraphic text printed chromolithography, each with tissue guards. The present work contains poetry and prose about love by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Longfellow, John Brainard, Eliza Books, and other authors. This book is in the deluxe publisher's binding--full red morocco with gilt stamping on the spine and both boards. There is some light edge wear, else a very good and bright copy of a scarce book, rare in the deluxe binding and emblematic of the genre of mid-nineteenth century illumination.
(Inventory #: 40584)