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Our Life Illustrated by Pen and Pencil. The Designs by Henry Noel Humphreys, J. D. Watson [i.e John Dawson Watson], H. C Selous [i.e. Henry Courtney Selous], Du Maurier [i.e. George Du Maurier], Barnes [i.e. probably Robert Barnes], Wimperis [i.e Edmund Morison Wimperis], Green [possibly Charles Green], Pinwell, [i.e. George John Pinwell], Sulman [i.e. Thomas Sulman], Lee [i.e. possibly John Lee], and Other Eminent Artists. Engraved by Butterworth and Heath. London: Religious Tract Society, 56, Paternoster Row; 65, St. Paul’s Churchyard, and 164, Piccadilly, . London: [Printed by] Richard Clay. 224p.
The [List of] Illustrations gives more artists’ names [full Christian names supplied where these are certain]: 'Half title page and Title Page Ornamental border designed by' Thomas Sulman; Henry Noel Humphreys, [probably William Alfred Nicholls, John Gilbert, John William North, Charles William Sheeres, Richard C Huttula, Percy William Justyne. The illustration on page 162 is signed with Selous’s monogram and is entitled: “Godly Prosperity – The Sacrifice of David; the illustration on page 163 is also signed with Selous’s monogram and is entitled: “Godless Prosperity – Nebuchadnezzar at Babylon”.
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: Text sewn on three sawn-in cords. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: “/ Bound by/ Westley’s & Co./ London/” [Ball no. 103D.] Green sand-grain cloth. Both covers are blocked with an identical design. Two gold fillets are blocked on the borders. Garlands of flowers and plants representing the four seasons of man are blocked, hanging from a wooden frame. Four gold medallion shaped lettering-pieces are blocked on inner centre head, centre tail and the sides. Each has a single word: “Childhood/ Youth/ Manhood/ Old Age/” blocked in relief within each. Small decoration is picked out in relief above and vbelow each word. Within a frame formed by a ‘rustic’ gold fillet, the titlw words: “/ Our Life/ Illustrated/ by/ Pen and Pencil/” are blocked in gold, in fanciful letters. Leaf, stem and bud decoration, blocked in relief, surrounds this title frame. The spine is blocked in gold. A single ‘branch like’ fillet is blocked in gold on the perimeter. At the head and at the tail, groups of fillets intersect. Above and below the title, a gold medallion shows a cradle and a tombstone/ grave, both blocked in relief. On the middle of the spine, the title words: “/ Our/ Life/ Illustrated [diagonally across the spine]/ by/ Pen &/ Pencil/ “ are blocked in gold.
Height: 222 millimetres
Thickness: 22 millimetres
Width: 160 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: Our Life Illustrated by Pen and Pencil.
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