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Willmott, Robert Eldridge Aris. English sacred poetry of the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Selected and edited by Robert Aris Willmott, Illustrated by Holman Hunt, J.D. Watson, John Gilbert, J. Wolf, etc. Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, Farringdon Street. New York: 56, Walker Street, 1862. London: Printed by R. Clay, Son, and Taylor, Bread Street Hill. xix, 387p. In the ‘List of Illustrations, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel’, the following artists, additional to the title page, are given [full names give where possible]: Henry Stacy Marks, Harrison William Weir, Charles Keene, H. H. Armstead, W. P. Burton, G. H. Andrews, S. Read, John Sliegh, Frederick Walker, Frederick Richard Pickersgill, F. Smallfield. The frontispiece is after William Holman Hunt and is captioned: “The Lent Jewels. – P. 346./” The illustration on page 22 is after Charles Keene and accompanies the verse: “A hymn to my God in a night of late sickness”. Robin de Beaumont’s notes regarding the price of this copy are on the front endpaper recto. He has noted the following proof plates are in the Dalziel Brothers Archive for 1861: nos. 926-1005. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Binding: The design is by Robert Dudley. Text sewn on three tapes. Original upper yellow endpaper bound at the front. Binder's ticket on lower pastedown: "/ Bound/ by/ Leighton/ Son and/ Hodge/". [Ball no. 53F.] Ticket size: 25x25mm. Gilt edges. Bevelled boards. Brown morocco horizontal-grain cloth. Both covers identically blocked in gold, in blind and in relief. Two gold fillets are blocked on the borders, with repeating dots blocked in relief between them. On the inner borders, a wide elaborate patterns of thin stems, hatched leaves and clusters of three small berries is blocked in gold. Inside this, another border of two more gold fillets with semi-circular corners, and a border of repeating dots blocked in relief between them. A pattern of stems and five-petalled flowers is blocked in relief within the central rectangle. A large oval, and a recessed oval are blocked on the centre. The borders of the oval have two groups of three gold fillets, the middle of which is "cord-shaped". The words: "/ English/ sacred/ poetry/ Willmott./" are blocked in gold between these groups of fillets. Within the recessed oval, a piece of white paper is on laid, and bordered with a single gold fillet. A lyre and a man in celtic-type dress are blocked in gold on the on lay. Signed “RD” as separate letters on the lower right side of the on lay. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. A single thin gold fillet is blocked on the perimeter. Horizontal hatched gold fillets divide the spine into panels. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a thin rectangular panel with small gold decoration blocked within; a semi-circular panel with curling leaves and stems blocked within; the words: "/ English/ sacred/ poetry/ [rule]/ Illustrated/ [rule] Willmott/" are blocked in gold within a panel formed by: 1. a hatch gold fillet 2. a single thin gold fillet 3. repeating dots, blocked in relief 4. a hatch gold fillet 5. a thin gold fillet; the lower half of the spine has a panel formed by four gold fillets and dots in relief; this panel is semi-circular at its head; it has a pattern of elaborate curling stems and vertical hatch leaves blocked in gold within; beneath this, a small rectangular panel is blocked with the same gold decoration as for the panel at the head; a rectangular panel formed by a single gold fillet has the word :"/ Routledge & Co/" blocked in gold within; at the tail, a small rectangle is formed by a single gold fillet and five small gold circles are blocked within.
Height: 228 millimetres
Thickness: 38 millimetres
Width: 177 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.
Goldman, Catalogue number 1, no. 107, states that the central ovals for this design are signed "RD" [i.e. Robert Dudley] on the 1863 edition.
The British Library copy is at shelf mark 1347f13. See: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000017227&ImageId=ImageId=56229&Copyright=BL
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