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Humphreys, Henry Noel.
The miracles of our Lord.
London: Longman & Co., 1848. 8vo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). iv pp; 16 double-sided col. plts. First edition of this Victorian interpretation of a medieval book of meditations: Biblical miracles, delicately calligraphed and => framed in 32 vividly illustrated, chromolithographed, illuminated borders. The main figures were adapted from the Old Masters and the decorative details "all strictly original, and not borrowed," according to the artist (p. ii), a successful illustrator with particular interests in natural history, numismatics, and classical and medieval studies. Binding: Publisher's boards of papier-mâché and black plaster, molded to resemble a medieval carved binding, each cover with six figural medallions surrounded by a border of interlaced vines and strapwork incorporating small creatures; spine with embossed title, edges and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Ray, Illustrator and the Book in England, 232. Binding as above, small red shelfmark at foot of spine; corners and spine extremities chipped, one small chip to outer edge of back panel design, one very unobtrusive break in inner frame of front panel design, nicely refurbished. Sewing loosening as is common, with last leaf separated and previous one threatening; pages gently age-toned with occasional minor smudging in margins; text pages (not plate pages) foxed. => A striking binding and equally striking color-printing.
Bookseller: Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co., LLC (PRB&M) [United States]
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