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Falconer, William. The shipwreck. A poem. With life by Robert Carruthers. Illustrated by Birkett Foster. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, North Bridge, 1858. Edinburgh: Printed by R. and R. Clark. xxxvi, 153p. In the List of Illustrations, it is stated: “Designed by Birket Foster. Engraved by Edmund Evans, Dalziel Brothers, and W. T. Green. The vignettes and Initial Letters designed by [Henry] Noel Humphreys and engraved by H. N. Woods [i.e. probably H. Newsom Woods]”. Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the front endpaper recto. He has noted the following original plates are in the Dalziel Archive for 1857, nos.1151-1160. Inscribed on the title page: “Ann Mary Pemberton”. The bookplates of Charles R. Robinson and of “WRHJ” [i.e. a 20th-century bookplate with a scorpion and initials of W R H J, i.e. Wynne Rice Hugh Jeudwine] are on the upper pastedown. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front paste down.
Binding: Text sewn on two tapes. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: "/ Leighton/ Son &/ Hodge./ Shoe Lane./ London./" [Ball no. 53A.] Blue morocco horizontalal-grain cloth. Both covers and spine blocked identically in gold and in relief. There is a sea shell and rope pattern on the borders. Three gold fillets are blocked on the borders inside this, which form straps at the head, at the tail and on each centre side. Each corner-piece is formed by five gold fillets, the middle of which is dotted. Within each corner-piece, a dolphin, surrounded by seaweed, is blocked, all in gold. The recessed central oval has three gold fillets blocked on its upper borders, and a fillet in blind blocked on its recessed border, which has a "rope" pattern blocked in relief within it. On the inner perimeter of the oval, two more fillets are blocked, and, within these, a ship's anchor chain and stars - all in gold. The centre shows a ship's sail, blocked as a gold lettering-piece. Within it, the words: "/ The/ Shipwreck/ by/ William/ Falconer/" are blocked in relief. Above the sail, within a pennant-shaped gold lettering-piece blocked in gold, the words: "/ WF Born at Edin: 1732/ Lost at sea. 1769/" are blocked in relief. Below the sail, within other pennant-shaped gold lettering-pieces, the words: "/ Life & this/ I struggled/ alone to save/" are blocked in relief. A gold medallion is hanging from the sail spar. Within the medallion, the silhouette of a lady, with ribbon and bonnet is blocked in relief. Signed "JL" in relief as separate letters on the shoulder of the lady. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. Two fillets are blocked in gold on the perimeter. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a rectangular panel, formed by a single gold fillet, with small decoration blocked within; a lyre, surrounded by stars; the words: "/ The/ Shipwreck/ A/ poem/ by/ William Falconer/ Illustrated/" blocked in relief within seven rectangular gold lettering-pieces - the eighth contains the word"/ A/" within a heart-shaped gold lettering-piece; an anchor and a curling rope, which surrounds six pennant-shaped gold lettering-pieces; these contains the words: "/ Yet/ Hope with/ flattering/ voice/ betrayed/ them on/" are blocked in relief; ribbons blocked in gold surround the anchor; a scallop shell is blocked below the anchor; signed "JL" in gold as separate letters underneath the shell; a gold fillet; the words: "/ A & C Black/" are blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, with a single gold fillet blocked on its borders; a gold fillet; a thick gold fillet and two gold fillets are blocked at the tail.
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Height: 215 millimetres
Thickness: 27 millimetres
Width: 160 millimetres
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- For descriptive details of the binder’s ticket, see: Ball, Douglas. ‘Victorian publishers’ bindings’. (London, Library Association, 1985), Appendix E, ‘Nineteenth Century Edition binders’ Signatures, p. 181.
McLean, R. Victorian Publishers' Bindings in Cloth and Leather (1973) p. 219.
Krupp, Andrea. Bookcloth in England and America, 1823-50 London : British Library ; New York, NY : Bibliographical Society of America, 2008.)
Morris, Ellen K., and Edward S. Levin. The Art of Publisher's Book-Bindings, 1815-1915. ( Los Angeles, 2000) p.33, no.42.
Philip Oldfield From boards to cloth : the development of publishers' bindings in the nineteenth century : guide to an exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, July-September 1991 no.53.
Pantazzi, Sybille. Four Designers of English Publishers' Bindings, 1850-1880 and Their Signatures. [Off-print from Bibliographical Society of America vol.55] p.266-67. Reproduces a copy in blue morocco cloth bound by Leighton Son & Hodge.
Edmund M. B. King, Victorian decorated trade bindings (London, 2003)
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Associated Title: The Shipwreck.
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