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A round of days described by original poems by some of our most celebrated poets. And in pictures by eminent artists. Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. London: George Routledge and Sons, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, 1866. London: Dalziel Brothers, Engravers and Printers, Camden Press. 210x280x35mm. , 93p. With two pages of publisher's titles bound at the end. The text is printed only on the rectos of pages. The title page verso has the medallion of Dalziel with “Dalziel’s Gift Book 1866” printed inside it. The artists are cited in the ‘List of Contributors’ as [full names given where possible]: William Paton Burton, Thomas Dalziel, John William North, Alfred Walter Bayes, Paul Gray, George John Pinwell, Warwick Brooks, Arthur Boyd Houghton, Frederick Walker, Edward Dalziel, Thomas Morten, John Dawson Watson. The illustration on page 81 is after Paul Gray, accompanying the poem: ‘The noon of love’. The illustration on page 79 is after Thomas Morten, accompanying the poem: ‘Fated to meet’. Robin de Beaumont’s notes regarding price and dating of this copy are on front endpaper verso. He has noted the following proof plates are in the Dalziel Brothers Archive: ‘Vol. XVIII nos. 355-426 finished Sept. 25. 1865’.
The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Binding. The design is by John Leighton. The title page verso has the medallion of Dalziel with “Dalziel’s Gift Book 1866” printed inside it. Gutta-percha binding. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Binder's ticket on lower pastedown, left hand corner, tail: "/ Bound/ by/ Leighton/ Son and/ Hodge/". [Ball no. 53E.] Bookseller's ticket on lower pastedown, left hand corner, head: "/ J. Brothers,/ Bookseller/ & Stationer/ High St./ Maidstone/". Green sand-grain cloth. Both covers identically blocked in gold and in relief. A thin gold fillet is blocked on the outer borders. Inside, there is a paper on lay on the inner borders. It is painted in blue and in red, and blocked with a pattern of four pointed ovals and diamonds. On the middle of each side, there are larger ovals; on each corner, there is a "spade-shape". All these have single gold fillet on their borders, and leaf and flower patterns blocked in gold inside. Between them, double fillets in red relief outline each pattern in blue, and groups of three clover leaves and stems are blocked in red relief. The centre of the cover has a thin mandorla, which is formed by a paper on lay painted blue and red, and blocked in gold. Groups of leaves and buds are blocked in gold on the blue at the head, the tail and the sides, within straps blocked in gold. the words: "/ A/ round/ of/ are blocked in gold above the central medallion; the word: "/ Days/" is blocked in red relief within the central hatched gold medallion; the word: "/ Illustrated/" is blocked in gold in a semi-circle within the blue outer rim of the central medallion. Beneath the medallion, the words: "/ Dalziel's/ Fine Art/ Gift/ Book/" are blocked in red relief, within a horizontal hatch gold lettering-piece. Signed JL" in gold as separate letters at the base of the gold lettering-piece; The spine is blocked in gold. A single gold fillet is blocked on the perimeter. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a medallion, with a horizontal hatch gold a fleur-de-lis blocked within it; an "arrow head" shape, with small leaf and stem decoration blocked within; the words: "/ A/ round/ of/ days/ Illustrated/" are blocked in gold within a panel formed by a single gold fillet; more leaf and stem decoration is blocked within two decorative panels; a medallion the same as blocked at the head; a gold fillet; the word: "/ Routledge/" is blocked in gold, within a rectangle formed by a single fillet; at the tail, a gold fillet.
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Height: 260 millimetres
Thickness: 32 millimetres
Width: 210 millimetres
- Curator's comments
See: Morris & Levin Morris, Ellen K. & Levin, Edward S. The Art of Publishers’ Bookbindings 1815-1915. Los Angeles: William Daley Rare Books Ltd, 2000. p.104, no.231.
The British library copy is at shelf mark C.194.b.114. Copy bound in orange moire rib vertical-grain cloth.
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.
- On display (G90a)
- Exhibition history
2022 17 May - 4 Sept BM, 90A Woodpecking Factory: Dalziel
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Associated Title: A round of days.
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