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Bunsen, Christian Carl Josias von. Lyra Germanica: Hymns for the Sundays & chief festivals of the Christian year. Translated from the German by Catherine Winkworth. With Illustrations by and Engraved under the Superintendence of John Leighton F.S.A. [Device of Longman.] London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861. London: Printed by R. Clay, Son, and Taylor. Below the title, the device of Longman is printed. xx, 272p. On page vi: “The engravings in this volume are executed by [full names give where possible]: Thomas Bolton, James Cooper, George Dalziel, Edward Dalziel, G. de Wilde [i.e. possibly George James de Wilde], W. Green, Horace Harral, Henry Leighton, W. Murden, George Pearson, and Joseph Swain. From designs by Edward Armitage, [probably] John Flaxman, Matthew Lawless, Charles Keene, Stacy Marks, John Leighton.” 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 1860: nos. 1084-1086. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Book seller’s stamp on upper endpaper: “/ Eaton & Son/ Booksellers/ Worcester/”
In the 1868 edition, this 1861 edition is described as: “First Series. Hymns for the Sundays & chief festivals of the Christian year. Translated from the German by Catherine Winkworth. With about 125 illustrations from Original Designs, comprising Bible Landscapes, Scriptural Vignettes, Allegorical and Emblematical Marginalia and Tail-pieces, engraved on Wood from designs by or under the Superintendence of J. Leighton, F. S. A. Fcap 4to, price 21s. in ornamental Gothic covers designed by the artist [i.e. John Leighton]; or 36s. bound in morocco antique; or 42s. in morocco elegant by Riviere.”
Binding: The cover design is after John Leighton. Text sewn on two tapes. Bevelled boards. Gilt edges. Red endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: "/ Bound by/ Edmonds & Remnants./ [rule]/ London/". [Ball no. 31A.] Green pebble-grain cloth, with red pebble-grain cloth onlay, which forms the mandorla. Both covers identically blocked in gold and blind and relief. On the borders, the fillets are blocked in gold, the outermost with "dog-tooth" pattern. Inside this, intersecting pairs of three fillets blocked in gold on the borders. Between the pairs, a repeating pattern is blocked of stars in gold and five dots in relief. Animals and heads are blocked on the four corners. Strap work weaves around these heads and animals. In the mandorla, a crowned angel is blocked at prayer, with an open book in front. The angel’s wings rise to form the outer edge of a lyre, with the points of the angel’s crown rising to become the strings of the lyre. The title words : "/ Lyra/ Germanica/" are blocked in relief, within rectangular gold lettering-pieces, above and below the lyre. The border of the mandorla contains the quotes, blocked in gold: "Sing unto the Lord. Bless his name. Show forth his salvation from day to day. Give thanks unto the Lord for he is good. For his mercy endureth forever." A small trefoil formed by a gold fillet, plus hatch gold within is blocked above and below the mandorla. The trefoil at the head has the word: "/IHS/" in relief within the trefoil; at the tail, the trefoil has: "/ INRI/ L/" in relief. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. A single gold fillet is blocked in gold on the perimeter. At the head and at the tail, three gold fillets are blocked across the spine. At the head, crossed gold fillets form a panel. Down the spine, three ovals/ mandorla are formed by multiple gold fillets with repeating dots blocked in relief between them. In the upper most oval, the words: “/ Lyra/ Germanica/ Winkworth/” are blocked in relief in ‘gothic’ letters within rectangular gold lettering-pieces. The middle oval has a maltest cross and two five-pointed stars blocked in hatch gold. The oval near the tail is a shield-shaped gold lettering-piece, in which the words: “/ Illustrated/ by Iohn [sic]/ Leighton/ etc/” are blocked in relief. At the tail, within a cartouche-shaped gold lettering-piece, the words: “? London/ Longman/ and Co/” are blocked in relief.
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Height: 233 millimetres
Thickness: 31 millimetres
Width: 180 millimetres
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- The British Library copy is at shelf mark 3434f19. See: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000015746&ImageId=ImageId=55232&Copyright=BL
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Associated Title: Lyra Germanica. Hymns for the Sundays & chief festivals of the Christian year.
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