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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie. Illustrated with forty-five engravings on wood, from designs by Jane E. Benham, Birket Foster [i.e. Myles Birket Foster], and John Gilbert. London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, 1854. London: Henry Vizetelly, Printer and Engraver, Gough Square, Fleet Street. vii, 102p. With two pages of publishers’ titles bound at the end. The illustration on page 9 is after Jane E. Benham [i.e. Jane Benham Hay] and is signed with her monogram. Robin de Beaumont’s notes regarding price and dating of this copy are on front endpaper verso and on a separate slip of paper. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front paste down.
Binding: Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: “/ Bound by Leighton/ Son &/ Hodge/ Shoe Lane/ London/” [Ball no.53A] Blue ripple horizontal-grain cloth. Both covers blocked identically. Wide floral motifs are blocked in gold on the borders, with ‘quatrefoils’ and more floral motifs blocked in gold on each corner. The central rectangle is recessed on each cover. On its corners, more floral decoration is blocked in relief. On the centre, the title words: “/ Evangeline/ a/ Tale of/ Acadie/” are blocked in gold in ‘branch like’ letters. The spine is blocked in gold. At the head and at the tail, the same quatrefoil floral decoration is blocked, as for the corners of each cover. The title words: “/ Evangeline a Tale of Acadie/” are blocked in gold along the spine, in ‘branch like’ letters, all within a cartouche formed by gold fillets.
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Height: 210 millimetres
Thickness: 20 millimetres
Width: 145 millimetres
- Curator's comments
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.
The border decoration on each cover is repeated on two other works:
1. British Library shelf mark 11686.e.36. Longfellow. Voices of the Night. Bogue, 1852. http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000021246&ImageId=ImageId=58840&Copyright=BL
2. British Museum de Beaumont P&D no. 1992,0406.179. Longfellow. Poems. Bogue , 1852.
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Associated Title: Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.
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