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OSBOURNE, Charles and Henry Wallis (engraver).
AN ILLUSTRATION OF OSBOURNE'S PICTORIAL ALPHABET. Entered at Stationer's Hall. London: Published by C. Osbourne, Sen., and sold by all the Booksellers in the Kingdom. Price Ten shillings and sixpence. [added in mss- In Boards 13/6].
1847. Oblong folio, 282 x 391mm; ff. [vi], title-page, dedication to Queen Victoria, and list of illustrations, followed by four leaves of thin card on which have been steel engraved title card, blank presentation card, and 26 steel engraved letters of the alphabet; each leaf, including text leaves, retaining original tissue guard, though somewhat creased and foxed in places, with a number of marginal tears; title-page with some marginal browning and soiling, with further light soiling, foxing and spotting throughout, the first blank leaf considerable creased nicked and torn with loss along upper margin; The scarce landscape folio edition of a previously issued set of attractively steel engraved alphabet cards, and which first appeared in 1835. Each letter of the alphabet has been hidden within an ornately designed classical or mythological scene, and designed by Charles Osbourne when he was sixteen years of age, and were then engraved by Henry Wallis (c. 1805-1890). Sold originally as a small boxed set of cards 76 x 76mm, together with an accompanying booklet providing a description together with some poetic extracts, the engravings are here printed on four sheets, and include the original title-card, a blank 'Presentation Card'. For 'A' we see 'Cupid in the Act of bending his Bow'; 'G - A Greek Galley, on the River Tiber, with Troops on Board'; 'I - Ancient Forum at Rome, Trojans Column'; 'N - A Bearer of the Imperial Roman Eagle, wounded, leaning on his Spear'; 'U - A View of Tivoli'; and 'Z - Death'. The edition is once again dedicated to Queen Victoria (though who had … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Deborah Coltham Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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