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Favourite English poems of modern times. Unabridged. Illustrated with upwards of two hundred engravings on wood, from drawings by the most eminent artists. London: Sampson Low, Son, & Co., 1862. London: R. Clay, Son, and Taylor, Printers. xii, 372p. The monogram of Joseph Cundall is printed on the title page verso. In the List of Illustrations, the artists are given as: Myles Birket Foster, Eleanor Vere Boyle, George Thomas [i.e. probably George Housman Thomas], , Thomas Creswick, Charles West Cope, Henry James Townsend, Frederick Tayler, Richard Redgrave, John Callcott Horsley, Thomas Webster, Charles Stonhouse, Edward Duncan, Edward Henry Wehnert, William Harrison Weir, George Elgar Hicks, Henry Warren [monogram on page 336]. 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. 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: The design is by Robert Dudley. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Light yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: “/Bound/ by/ Leighton/ Son and/ Hodge./" [Ball no. 53B.] Green morocco vertical-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked identically in gold and in blind. Two thin fillets with a hatched fillet between them are blocked in gold on the borders. There is an inner border pattern of small leaves and stems, in gold. At the head, the tail and on the corners and on the sides, small leaf and stem decorations are blocked in relief and in blind. The large central oval has two fillets blocked in gold on the borders. In between these fillets are blocked poets' names in gold, each name inside small panels. In between the panels, small leaf and stem decorations are blocked in relief and in blind. At the head of the central oval, the word: "/ Favourite/" is blocked in relief inside a hatched semi-circular cartouche; at the base of the central oval are the words: "/ English poems/" blocked in the same way. The oval central panel is recessed. It has white coarse-grain cloth. The whole is blocked in gold, with fruit and flower decoration blocked in relief (showing the white cloth). The very centre has a blue paper oval on lay, which is blocked in gold and in relief. The relief shows a winged putto holding a garland of flowers. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. A fillet is blocked on the perimeter in gold. A hatch gold fillet is blocked on the head and at the tail. Strap work forming a square, with small leaves and dots, is blocked at the head, and also in the middle in gold. The title: "/ Favourite/ English/ Poems/" is blocked in gold, inside a circle, formed by two gold fillets. Beneath the title, crossing gold hatch fillets form small squares, with leaf and berry decoration blocked in gold around and within them. There is more leaf and stem intertwined decoration blocked in relief and in blind on the lower half of the spine. At the base, there are two small squares, with buds, above a small rectangle, formed by a single gold fillet, which contains stem decoration. Signed "RD" in gold as separate letters in the middle of this rectangle.
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Height: 230 millimetres
Thickness: 45 millimetres
Width: 180 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Ball, Douglas. Victorian publishers’ bindings.1985, p.148. Cites Cundall as the Editor.
McLean, Ruari. Victorian publishers’ book-bindings in cloth and leather. London, Gordon Fraser, 1974, p.91.
McLean, Ruari. Joseph Cundall. A Victorian publisher. Pinner: Private Libraries Association, 1976, p.86.
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.
The British Library copy is at Shelf mark C.109.d.1.
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Associated Title: Favourite English poems of modern times.
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