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Wordsworth, William. Wordsworth's poems for the young. With fifty illustrations by John MacWhirter and John Pettie, and a vignette by J.E. Millais [i.e. John Everett Millais]. Engraved by Dalziel Brothers. London: Alexander Strahan & Co., 1863. [London:] Dalziel Brothers, engravers and printers, Camden Press. x,92p. With ten pages of publisher’s titles bound at the end. The bookplate of Edward Dalziel is on the front pastedown. A letter from Effie Millais to [Edward?] Dalziel, of 25th December 1878 is tipped onto the front endpaper. An article by J. Mewburn Levien entitled “St Isumbras at the Ford”, from the Sunday Times of the 17 October 1926, is pasted on the front endpaper verso. Robin de Beaumont’s notes regarding the price of this copy are on the front endpaper verso. He has noted the following proof plates are in the Dalziel Brothers Archive, 1862: nos. 1052-1099. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the upper pastedown.
Binding: The cover design is after John Leighton. On page 5 of the publisher's titles at the end: "Now Ready, Wordsworth's Poems for Children [sic]... In small Quarto, Elegantly Printed and Bound, 6s." Bevelled boards. Gilt edges. Brown endpapers and pastedowns. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: "/Bound by/ Burn/ 37 & 38/ Kirby St./" [Ball no. 20A] Red honeycomb-grain cloth. The lower cover is blocked in blind, with a pattern to borders and corners. The upper cover is blocked in gold and black. A single fold fillet is blocked on the borders. Inside this, another gold fillet is blocked on the borders, and is curved on the corners. Repeating dots are blocked in relief within this second fillet. Small decoration is blocked in gold on each corner. A wide inner border of overlapping black fillets cross to form repeating "three window" arches. Flowers and leaves , some hatched, are blocked in gold within the windows. The central rectangle is formed by three gold fillets, the middle of which has repeating dots blocked in relief within it. Inside this, a thin fillet is blocked in black. Above the centre, six five-point stars are blocked in gold. The words: "/Wordsworth's/ Poems/ for/ the Young./" are blocked in gold. Small plant and roots are blocked at the base of the central rectangle. Signed "JL" in gold as separate letters by the roots of the plant. The spine is blocked in gold. A single gold fillet is blocked at the head and at the tail. Single gold fillets make three rectangular panels. The small panels at the head and at the tail have identical triangles and plant decoration blocked in gold inside them. The longer rectangle occupying the centre of the spine has the words: "/ Wordsworth's Poems for the Young./" blocked in gold inside it, along the spine.
Height: 194 millimetres
Thickness: 12 millimetres
Width: 152 millimetres
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The British Library copy is at shelf mark 11642.aaa.52. See: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/LargeImage.aspx?RecordId=020-000015795&ImageId=ImageId=55367&Copyright=BL
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.
Pantazzi, Sybille. Four Designers of English Publishers' Bindings, 1850-1880 and Their Signatures. [Off-print from Bibliographical Society of America vol.55] p. 266.
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Associated Title: Wordsworth's poems for the young.
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