Elioart, Elizabeth. The boys of Beechwood. With illustrations. London: George Routledge & Sons, the Broadway, Ludgate; New York: 416, Broome Street, 1868. London: Wyman & Sons, Printers, Great Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, W. C. , 395p. 6 plates. With twelve pages of publishers’ titles bound at the end. The plates are signed either “AH” or “A Houghton” [ i.e. Arthur Boyd Houghton] and “Dalziel”. Tipped in between the front endpaper and the half title page is a slip advertising :“The Broadway. A monthly magazine”. It shows two women shaking hand above the title. The frontispiece plate is entitled: “The visit to Mrs. Hart”. It is signed: “A Houghton” and “Dalziel”. Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the front endpaper verso. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front pastedown . Binding: Text sewn on two sawn-in cords. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Brown honeycomb-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked in blind and in relief on the borders and the corners, with two fillets on the borders, and small flower and stem decoration on each corner in relief. The upper cover central vignette is a half moon shape. On its outside, a single gold fillet it blocked, together with a pattern of small gold dots. It shows Beechwood railway station platform, with two boys and a porter carrying luggage on a trolley. The rail track is blocked just below the platform. The title words: “/ the boys/” are blocked in gold just above the scene. Within the half moon scene, the words: “/ of [blocked amongst trees behind the station fence]/ Beechwood [blocked on the station fence] are blocked in relief. Below the half moon scene, the words: “/By/ Mrs. Eiloart./” are blocked in gold. The spine is fully blocked in gold. A single gold fillet is blocked on the perimeter, forming a semi-circle at the head. On the upper half of the spine, are blocked the words: “/ The boys [blocked in gold in a semi-circle]/ of [blocked in gold/ Beechwood [blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece]/ by [[in gold]/ Mrs. Eiloart. [in gold]/” . The lower half of the spine shows a woodland scene, with a larger tree trunk rising from the tai, which has a wooden notice nailed in it, with the words: “/ Caution!/ Trespass/” blocked in relief within it. To the left of the tree, plants and a wooden stile are blocked in gold. All of the decoration is picked out in relief. At the tail, the word: “/ Illustrated/ "is blocked in gold within a rectangle formed by a single gold fillet.
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