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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Poems. Illustrated with upwards of one hundred engravings on wood from designs by Jane E. Benham, Birket Foster [i.e. Myles Birket Foster], etc. London: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street, 1852. London: Henry Vizetelly, Printer and Engraver, Gough Square, Fleet Street. Xi, 334p. With two pages of publisher’s advertisement s bound at the end. The frontispiece is a portrait of Longfellow. It is signed: “W. B. Mote Sc.” The illustration on page 125 is signed “B. Foster”. Robin de Beaumont’s notes regarding price and dating of this copy are on front endpaper verso. 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] Both covers are 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, floral decoration is blocked in relief. On the centre, a sprig of roses and lilies, surmounted by a seven star ‘crown’ is blocked in gold. The spine is blocked in gold. A single gold fillet is blocked on the perimeter. From the head to the tail, a ‘Norwegian fir tree’ is blocked, with the branches at the head, and the roots at the tail. On the upper half of the spine, the words: “/ Longfellow’s/ Poems/ [rule]/ Illustrated/” are blocked in gold. Lily plants with their stems leaves and flowers rise up from the tail and surround a lyre on the centre of the spine – all blocked in gold. Near the tail, amongst the roots of the tree, the signature: “JL” [i.e. John Leighton] is blocked in gold as a monogram.
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Height: 215 millimetres
Thickness: 32 millimetres
Width: 150 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.
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. 1992,0406.176. Longfellow. Evangeline. Bogue , 1854.
The centre-piece of roses and lilies is also blocked on British Library shelf mark: 11647.g.11. Christian Graces of Olden Time. http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000017613&ImageId=ImageId=56625&Copyright=BL
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Associated Title: Poems.
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