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Moore, Thomas. Lallah Rookh: an oriental romance. With illustrations, engraved by Edmund Evans, from original drawings by G. H. Thomas [i.e. George Housman Thomas], F. R. Pickersgill [i.e. Frederick Richard Pickersgill], R.A., Birket Foster [i.e. Myles Birket Foster], E. H. Corbould [i.e. Edward Henry Corbould], etc., etc. London: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, Farringdon St; New York: 56, Walker Street, 1860. London: Printed by Edmund Evans, Racquet Court. , 303p. 1 plate. In the ‘List of Illustrations’, other artists cited are (full names, where found): William Harvey, Hablot Knight Browne, Thomas Macquoid, Richard Principal Leitch, Kenny Meadows, Samuel Palmer, George Dodgson.
The frontispiece plate is after Frederick Richard Pickersgill, signed: “E[dmund] Evans Sc”. It illustrates the lines of verse on page 155:
"Fiercely he broke away, nor stopp’d
Nor look’d – but from the lattice dropp’d
Down mid the pointed crags beneath,
As if he fled from love to death."
Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the front endpaper recto. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Binding: The design is probably by Albert Henry Warren. Text sewn on three tapes. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binders' ticket on lower pastedown: "/ Bound/ by/ Leighton/ Son and/ Hodge/". [Ball no. 53E] Blue morocco vertical-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked identically in gold and in blind. The recessed strap work is blocked in blind similar to wide fillets, with small decoration blocked in relief inside them. The strap work forms arabesques. They intermingle with the decorative panels which are blocked in gold, with a tracery of curling stems and leaves. At the centre, the oriental-shaped gold lettering-piece contains the words: "/ Lallah Rookh/ by [within a small diamond-shaded gold lettering-piece]/ Thomas Moore/", are blocked in relief, within two rectangular gold lettering-pieces. Similar elaborate arabesques and decorative patterns of curling stems and leaves are blocked on the spine. The words: "/ Lallah Rookh/ [rule]/ Moore/ [rule]/ Illustrated/" are blocked in relief inside a gold lettering-piece. Signed: “W” in gold near the tail, within a bud shape formed by a single gold fillet.
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Height: 230 millimetres
Thickness: 38 millimetres
Width: 177 millimetres
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The British Library copy is a shelf mark C.109.d.9. See: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000022193&ImageId=ImageId=59415&Copyright=BL
The Longman edition of 1853 is at BL shelf mark 11656p3, which has striped blue cloth and the design is not signed. See: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000021324&ImageId=ImageId=58887&Copyright=BL
The Longman edition of 1854 is at BL shelf mark 11647a19, with John Leighton design. See: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000015855&ImageId=ImageId=55426&Copyright=BL
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Associated Title: Lallah Rookh: an oriental romance.
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