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The Dark Blue. Vol. I. March to August 1871 Edited by John C. [i.e. Christian] Freund. Illustrated. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, Crown Building, 188 Fleet Street, 1871. London: Printed by Spottiswoode and Co. New-Street Square, and Parliament Street. 796p. 17 Plates. There are six monthly issues in this volume, and seventeen plates. The plates are usually signed with the artist and engraver names. The thick paper upper cover for April 1871 has been preserved and bound at the front. It is printed in black, red and beige. There is a black rule-frame border. It shows three ladies, one standing in an archway, and one either side of the archway, one reading an open book and one with an open book resting on her lap. The archway is surmounted by a central keystone, with the date “1871” printed in red within it. To the left and right are printed: “April 1871” and “One Shilling”. Motifs of Oxford University press are printed on shields within roundels at the head and at the tail of the cover. On the left base, signed in red “F W Lawson [i.e. Francis Wilfred Lawson]” and “H. Harral Sc” [i.e. Horace Harral]; on the centre base of the cover the initials F W L “ are printed. The upper cover verso has printed advertisements. The illustration facing page 197 is after M E Freer [i.e. Mary Ellen Edwards]. It is captioned ‘Take care whom you trust.’ and accompanies chapter III of the novel of the same title by Compton Reade. The illustration facing page 718 is captioned ‘Take care whom you trust’, drawn by W. J. Hennessy and engraved by C. M. Jenkin, accompanying chapter XVI of Compton Reade’s novel of the same title.
The other artists in this volume are: Francis Wilfred Lawson, M. E. Freer [i.e. Mary Ellen Edwards], S. Salamon, Cecil [Gordon] Lawson, Alfred W. Cooper, T. Hennessy, D. T. White, Matthew White Ridley, Edward Francis Clarke, William John Hennessy. The engravers are: Horace Harral, John Swain, C.M. Jenkin. Robin de Beaumont’s notes regarding this work are written on the front endpaper verso.
Binding: Brown endpapers and pastedowns. Half calf binding with marbled sides. The spine has six panels and is lettered, with the title: “/ The/ Dark Blue/” tooled in gold on a red leather label in panel two, and “ Vol./ I./” tooled in gold in panel four.
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Height: 220 millimetres
Thickness: 63 millimetres
Width: 150 millimetres
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March 1871 pp. 1-128. 2 plates
April 1871 pp. 129-256. 3 plates
May 1871 pp. 257-400. 3 plates
June 1871 pp. 401-528. 3 plates
July 1871 pp, 529-656. 2 plates
August 1871 pp. 657-796. 4 plates
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- Associated titles
Associated Title: Take care whom you trust.
Associated Title: Down Stream.
Associated Title: Lost: a romance.
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