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DORE, Gustave, & Blanchard Jerrold.
London. A Pilgrimage.
London: Grant & Co., 1872. London: Grant & Co.,, 1872. Quarto. Contemporary red half morocco, spine gilt tooled in compartments with olive morocco label, beige cloth sides with gilt titles to front, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. 180 Doré engravings to full page plates and vignettes in the text. Armorial bookplate "Henderson" to front pastedown. London bookseller's ticket also to front pastedown. Covers superficially scratched and marked in places, light spotting to some tissue guards, but on the whole a clean copy, entirely sound in a handsome contemporary binding that is almost always found in a shaken state due to the size of the book. First edition of Doré and Jerrold's beautiful and influential "Pilgrimage" around the great metropolis of 19th-century London. Doré's striking chiaroscuro drawings, faithfully rendered by a team of the finest French wood-engravers, reflects the closeness and contrast of London's social classes. It was this aspect in particular that gained the book contemporary censure in English reviews, concomitant popularity in America, and enormous financial success in both countries. Gordon Ray describes it as simply "one of the great illustrated books of the world". "The dark visions of East End poverty are magnificently evocative, but, as Jerrold himself complained, over and above the sundry inaccuracies of detail there is little that is specifically English about many of the figures that Doré drew from memory in his Parisian studio. Jerrold's criticism notwithstanding, Doré's vision of London, with its sharp contrasts between the sumptuous worl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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