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Moore, Thomas. Lalla Rookh: an oriental romance. With sixty-nine illustrations from original drawings by John Tenniel, engraved on wood by the Brothers Dalziel; and five ornamental pages of Persian design by T. Sulman, Jun. [i.e. Thomas Sulman], engraved on wood by H. N Woods [i.e. Henry Newsom Woods]. London: Longman, Green, Longman, & Roberts, 1861. London: Printed by Richard Clay, Bread Street Hill. xxiv, , 381p. With two pages of publisher’s titles bound at the end. The illuminated title page, after Sulman, is from ‘several ancient MSS, in the Library of the East India House’. The illustration on page 90 is after Tenniel, and has the verse:
And seems of all the Great Arch-Enemy.
The panic spreads – “A miracle!” throughout
The Moslem ranks, “a miracle” they shout,
All gazing on that youth, whose coming seems
A light, a glory, such as breaks in dreams;
Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the front endpaper recto. He has noted the following proof plates are in the Dalziel Brothers Archive: 1859 nos. 1178-1201. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Binding: The text is sewn on three tapes. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: “/ Bound/ by/ Leighton/ Son and/ Hodge/”. [Ball no. 53D.] Purple coarse pebble-grain cloth. Both covers blocked identically in gold and in blind and in relief. On the border, two thin fillet are blocked in gold. Insider this, forming the central panel, repeating patterns of crossing lines and dots are blocked in relief, and these are interspersed with repeating patterns of stems and leaves blocked in gold – the whoe forming a lattice work around the borders. The inside of the panel has hatch gold with stem and leaf patterns picked out in relief. Around the central arabesque, dense patterns of curling stems and leaves are blocked in relief. The central vignette is an arabesque, with ‘silver’ coloured on lay surrounding the central horizontal cartouche. Within the silver stem and leaf decoration is blocked in hatch gold. The central cartouche is formed by horizontal hatch gold blocking. Within it, the title words: “/ Lalla Rookh/” are blocked in relief in imitation arabic letters. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. Two gold fillets are blocked on its perimeter. At the head and near the tail, arabesques are formed by curling gold fillets with stem and leaf decoration blocked in gold above and below them. Down the length of the spine, a pattern of curling stems and leaves and buds is blocked in relief. Towards the middle of the spine, the title words: “/ Lalla Rookh/” are blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece. This has elaborate arabesque decoration blocked in gold above and below it. There is more arabesque decoration blocked below the title cartouche. At the tail, the Publisher name: “/ Longman & Co./ “ is blocked in gold.
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Height: 237 millimetres
Thickness: 42 millimetres
Width: 180 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.
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Associated Title: Lalla Rookh: an oriental romance.
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