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THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON. His Character, His actions, and His writings. With a preface by Lord Ellesmere
John Murray. London. 1853. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 8vo. (6.8 x 4.4 inches). vii, 112pp. A very good clean copy in a fine late nineteenth or early twentieth century arts and crafts style leather binding of full red morocco. Spine with decorative floral design in gilt and two curved-edged brown onlay labels, lettered and bordered in gilt. Front board with elaborate gilt floral design within a double ruled border. Brown onlay panel, lettered in gilt, and onlaid bow and several small leaves in green leather. Board edges with thick and thin gilt ruled cross lines. Turn ins decorated with gilt flowers to the outer corners. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. The first English edition, published the same year as the original Brussels edition. The binding is not signed but is certainly the work of a master bookbinder. A beautiful and skilfully executed binding.
Bookseller: Paul Foster Books [United Kingdom]

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