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Mackay, Charles. The home affections pourtrayed by the poets. Selected and edited by Charles Mackay. Illustrated with one hundred engravings, drawn by eminent artists, and engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. London: George Routledge & Co., Farringdon Street; New York: 18, Beekman-Street, 1858. London: Printed by Richard Clay, Bread Street Hill. xv, 391p. In the ‘List of Illustrations’, the illustrators are given as [full Christian names supplied where these are certain]: Alfred Elmore, John Gilbert, Myles Birket Foster, Harrison William Weir, William Harvey, John Absolon, Thomas Bolton Dalziel, John Richard Clayton, J. Allon Pasquier [i.e. probably James Abott Pasquier], G. Dodgson [i.e. possibly George Haydock Dodgson ], S. Read [i.e probably Samuel Red], Francis William Topham, Alexander Johnstone [i.e. Alexander Johnston], Frederick Richard Pickersgill, A. Madot [i.e. probably Adolphus M. Madot], John Tenniel, J. M. Carrick [i.e. John Mulcaster Carrick], James Godwin, John Everett Millais, Edward Duncan, John Sliegh. The frontispiece is signed: “A. Elmore” and “Dalziel”. It shows a young man, in a woodland setting, playing a wind instrument (a clarinet ?), with a young female watching him. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front paste down.
Binding: The design is after Albert Henry Warren. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Light blue endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: “/ Bound by Burn,/ 37 & 38/ Kirby St./” [Ball no. 20A.] Red wave diagonal-grain cloth. Both covers have an identical design blocked in gold, in blind and in relief. The borders are blocked in gold, with a "christmas tree" repeating pattern. Three fillets are blocked in gold on the borders. On the outer rectangle, raised cartouches are blocked in gold and in relief, with small zig-zag patterns blocked in relief between. Between the outer and inner rectangles, two fillets are blocked in gold. On the corners of the inner rectangle, plant patterns are blocked, within horizontal hatch arabesques. The central decoration is ‘Moorish’ in design, with a twelve pointed design and horizontal hatch blocking. The tracery of plants and leaves has the patterns picked out in relief. The words: "/ The/ Home/ Affections/ by the/ Poets/ [rule]/ Mackay/" are blocked in gold and in relief within the central panel. The spine is blocked in gold. There is a tracery of leaves and stems blocked in gold down the spine. The words: "/ The/ Home/ Affections/ by the/ Poets/ Mackay/" are blocked in relief, within a gold lettering-piece. Signed "AW" in relief as a monogram, with the "A" being inside the "W". It is above the word "/ Illustrated/" blocked in relief within a horizontal hatch gold lettering-piece. The publisher: "/ Routledge/" is blocked in relief within a vertical hatch gold lettering-piece blocked near the tail.
Height: 230 millimetres
Thickness: 35 millimetres
Width: 177 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Ball, Douglas. Victorian publishers’ bindings. London, Library Association, 1985, “reissued in 1866 with the same design."
Morris, Ellen K. & Levin, Edward S. The Art of Publishers’ Bookbindings 1815-1915. An Exhibition held at the Grolier Club, New York, 17 May – 19 July 2000. Los Angeles: William Daley Rare Books Ltd, 2000p.108, no.244.
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 British Library copy is at shelf mark: 1347.h.12. See:
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Associated Title: The home affections pourtrayed by the poets.
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