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Days of old [in Gothic lettering]. Three stories from old English history. For the young. By the author of “Ruth and her friends.” Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. and at 23, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, 1859. [London:] R. Clay, printer, Bread Street Hill. , 253p. 1 plate. The frontispiece plate has the monogram of William Holman Hunt. The plate also has the number “58” printed to the right of Hunt’s monogram. The upper pastedown has a prize label printed and written with the words: “The Collegiate School [in Gothic lettering]./ Newark-upon-Trent/ [rule]/ Class prize/ awarded to/ Master George A Matterson/ for Arithmetic & English/ according/ to result of final Examination held 10 December 1880/ J. Burt, Principal [in Gothic lettering]./” Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the front endpaper verso. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front pastedown.
Binding: Edges have combed marbling. The binding is of half leather, which has been patterned to resemble ‘pebble’ grain. Combed marbled paper to upper and lower covers. Single gold fillets on spine side and on corners. The spine is divided into six panels by raised bands. Panel one near the head has two gold fillets, with ‘dotted’ gold fillets above and below these’ panel two has the title words: “/ Days/ of old/” blocked in gold; panels three, four and five have no blocking; At the tail of panel six, the same combinations of fillets, as for the head, are blocked twoce; between them a pattern of small ovals is blocked in gold.
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Height: 165 millimetres
Thickness: 22 millimetres
Width: 127 millimetres
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- The monogram on the frontispiece plate is the same monogram as on the Millais gold and sardonyx signet ring that Holman Hunt wore until his death in 1910. The simple circular sardonyx it houses is engraved with the initials WHH combined with an M. Inverted, the monogram turns into the letters PB for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood the two men had founded in 1848.
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Associated Title: Days of old. Three stories from old English history.
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