Dulcken, Henry William. Old friends and new friends. Tales, fables, and emblems, in prose and verse. Profusely illustrated. London: Frederick Warne and Co., Bedford Street, Covent Garden, . [London:] Dalziel Brothers, engravers & printers, Camden Press. , 310p. With two pages of publishers’ titles bound at the end. Printed on the title page verso: The pictures in this book are drawn by J. D. Watson [i. e. John Dawson Watson], J. B. Zwecker [i. e. Johann Baptist Zwecker], A. B. Houghton [i. e. Arthur Boyd Houghton], T. Dalziel [i. e. Thomas Dalziel], H. Weir [i. e. Harrison Weir], A. Pasquier [i. e. James Abbott Pasquier], J. Gilbert [i. e. John Gilbert], H. K. Browne [i. e. Hablot Knight Browne], A. W. Bayes [i. e. Alfred Walter Bayes]. The frontispiece plate is entitled: “The animals in Council.” It is signed: “Dalziel”. Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the frontispiece recto. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front pastedown . Binding: Bevelled boards. White endpapers and pastedowns. Green sand-grain cloth. The lower cover has three fillets blocked in blind on its borders. The same three fillets are blocked in blind on the upper cover on the borders. The upper cover central vignette is diamond shaped. On each corner of the diamond, are blocked in gold: at the head, a hen, wearing a hat; on the right, a donkey’s head; at the base, a blackbird; on the left, the head of a goat. Signed “WR” [ i. e. possibly William Ralston], underneath the tail of the blackbird. The central square is formed by two gold fillets, and between them a fillet blocked in black, which has a pattern of repeating dots blocked within it, in relief. The title words: “/ Old friends [blocked relief within in a semi-circular gold lettering-piece]/ and [blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece]/ new friends [blocked relief within in a semi-circular gold lettering-piece]/”. Small curling stem and trefoil leaf decoration surrounds the lettering pieces. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. From the head downwards, the decoration is: Three gold fillets blocked across the spine; within a panel formed by formed by two gold fillets, and between them a fillet blocked in black, which has a pattern of repeating dots blocked within it, in relief – are the title words: “/ Old Friends [blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece]/ and Friends [blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, surrounded by gold stars]/ new friends [blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece]/ tales, fables/ and emblems/ Illustrated Friends [blocked in relief within a semi-circular gold lettering-piece]/”; near the tail, curling stems and trefoil decoration is blocked in gold, together with the publisher name: “/ F. Warne & Co/”; three gold fillets across the spine at the tail.
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