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[Onlay Binding] Paul and Virginia
London: W. S. Orr & Co., 1839. First English Edition. Full Decorated Morocco. Fine. Extra-illustrated, with a fine onlay binding by Bayntun. 4to. 23.5 by 16 cm. xxix, [1], 307 pp. With onlay portrait of Paul sitting on seashore with sun setting over the ocean. This cameo is surrounded by an oval gilt and black band, and beyond that there is a four line gilt ruled frame with squared corners joining a vertical rectangle, with the same geometric pattern repeated in the spine compartments between the raised bands, and also on the rear cover. Extra illustrations are mostly mounted steel engraved plates by Thomas Williams. There are 26 of these additional plates, each has a tissue guard, all but the frontis portrait of the author with a short printed caption describing what the illustration is depicting.Condition: light wear to spine extremities and the binding edges.
Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques [US]

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