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Enoch Arden. Illustrated by Arthur Hughes. [Device of Edward Moxon.] London: Edward Moxon & Co., Dover Street, 1866. London: Bradbury, Evans and Co., printers, Whitefriars. , 82p. With seventeen pages of publisher’s titles bound at the end. Printed on the title page verso: “The illustrations and cover from drawings by Arthur Hughes. The frontispiece [depicting Tennyson] engraved by J. H. Baker [i.e. John H. Baker], from a medallion by Thomas Woolner. The book produced under the superintendence of [monogram of J B P; i.e. James Bertrand Payne]. ” On page four of the list of books published by Edward Moxon bound in at the end, this work is described as: “ In foolscap 4to, elegantly printed and bound price 21s.” The frontispiece is a portrait of Tennyson. The illustration opposite the title page is of three children, with the accompanying verses on page 3:
‘Here on this beach a hundred years ago,
Three children of three houses, Annie Lee,
The prettiest damsel in the port,
And Philip Ray, the miller’s only son, and Enoch Arden a rough sailor’s lad
Made orphan by a winter shipwreck, p;ay’d
Among the waste and lumber of the shore, ‘
The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Inscribed on the half title page: ‘Presented to Miss Saunders [?; rest of inscription not readable]
Notes: Binding: The cover design is after Arthur Hughes. Gilt edges. Yellow endpapers and pastedowns. This copy has green brown honeycomb-grain cloth. The text is sewn on three tapes. The design is by Arthur Hughes. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Original yellow endpapers and pastedowns. Full gilt to both covers and spine. On the lower cover, stalks and ears of corn are blocked in gold between ‘branch like’ fillets blocked on the borders. A diagonal pattern is interspersed with butterflies, with a windmill’s sail blocked in gold on the centre. A single bell is blocked on each centre side, and on the centre head and the centre tail. The upper cover has sea motifs – sea shells on corners; ship’s chains and ropes on the borders; a ‘fish net' diagonal pattern with many fish ‘caught’ inside. An anchor is blocked on the centre. A bell and its wheel is blocked on the centre of each side and on the centre head and centre tail. The spine is blocked in gold. A single ‘rope’ fillet is blocked on the perimeter. A sea shall is blocked in gold at the head and at the tail. Another ‘rope’ fillet forms a cartouche on the centre of the spine, with the title words: “/ Enoch Arden/” blocked in gold, in ‘rope like’ letters within it. Above and below the cartouche, rope knots and small stem and leaf decoration are blocked in gold.
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Height: 225 millimetres
Thickness: 20 millimetres
Width: 180 millimetres
- Curator's comments
The following works refer:
Ball, Douglas. Victorian publishers’ bindings.1985, p. 87.
Goldman, Paul. Victorian Illustrated Books 1850-1870. The heyday of wood-engraving. The Robin de Beaumont Collection. London, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 113.
Houfe,Simon. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Antique Collectors Club, 1978, pp. 347-348.
McLean, Ruari. Victorian book design and colour printing. 2nd edition. [London] Faber & Faber , p. 169. Reproduces the title page and frontispiece.
McLean, Ruari. Victorian publishers’ book-bindings in cloth and leather. London, Gordon Fraser, 1974, p. 134-135. Reproduces the upper and lower covers of a copy bound in blue morocco grained cloth.
The British Library copies are at C.134.d.2 and C129.d.2. The copy at C.134.d.2 has green pebble-grain cloth. The copy at C.129.d.2 has blue sand-grain cloth and is bound in gutta percha. Both the BL copies have the same blocking at the copy illustrated here.
The design blocked in gold on both covers is the same as for the copy at P&D register no. 1992,0406.296 .
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- Associated titles
Associated Title: Enoch Arden
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