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Royal Windsor (4 Volume Set Bound By Zaehnsdorf - Dixon,William Hepworth (1821-1 - 1879. 
London; 1879-1880: Hurst and Blackett. Octavo. In 4 volumes. Vol. 1 335p. with folding plate of upper, middle and lower wards; Vol. 2. 380p. with Index to vol. 1 and 2.; Vol. 3. 339p. Vol. 4.358p.with index to vol. 3 and 4. This was to be William Hepworth Dixon's crowning work but he fell seriously ill as he was reading the proofs of Vol. 3 and 4. His daughter, Ella Hepworth Dixon completed the final drafts. The set is rarely seen though it is the definitive work on the subject since Queen Victoria permitted him to examine every part of Windsor Castle and gave him the full assistance of her entire staff including the Librarian, Master of the Rolls, and a host of other experts.DNB notes he was revising the proof sheets of the concluding volumes when he died on December 26, 1879. Each volume has the bookplate designed by A.N. Macdonald for Catherine Anita Bliss of New York's social elite who was a major benefactor of religious and social groups as was her hero, William Hepworth Dixon. A very handsome set bound by Zaehnsdorf in 3/4 dark blue crushed morocco over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands with compartments fully decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Only minor bumping to a few corners.
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