Cambridge, London: Macmillan and Company, 1859. SIGNED BINDING BY DE SAUTY. Covers with double gilt ruled borders, the inner rule with intermittent trefoil leaf motifs. Spine with gilt panels, title, and similar trefoil designs. Both covers have an intricate central gilt medallion with leaves and flowers within a braided border. Turn-ins have a French fillet border. All edges gilt. Double-page busily-illustrated title-page with additional illustrations and chapter first letters by RICHARD DOYLE. Half-title is present with old very faded owner's signature at the top. Spine shows subtle darkening, tiny nick top of front joint, otherwise this fine, beautiful binding is fine. The original cloth binding is bound-in at the rear. Bottom is printed title-page is trimmed closely, barely infringes on bottom of the letters in "right of translation". Occasional light foxing in text, one minor marginal paper tear. This bit of English legend is authored by Thomas Hughes (title-page shows "by the author of "Tom Brown"s School Days". Richard Doyle (1824-1883) was a prominent illustrator in Victorian England, drew for "Punch Magazine" for several years, was known for his whimsical fantasy depictions. He was Arthur Conan Doyle's "Uncle Dickie". Alfred de Sauty was one of the most accomplished binders at work in the first third of the 20th century. He had immense technical skills and a fine vision for design. See photos. . First Edition. Full Burgundy Crushed Morocco. Nearly Fine/No Jacket. 7" x 5 1/2". (Inventory #: 014077)
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