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A Chronicle of England B C 55–A D 1485
London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green,, 1864. The designs engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans. Large octavo (264 x 191 mm). Publisher's de luxe binding (?) of red skiver over bevelled boards, decorative gilt spine with pale green label, covers with decorative gilt panels and coats-of-arms at the corners and centre (these in pale brown, red and blue onlays), all edges gilt, richly gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Title page printed in red and black, 81 colour-printed wood-engraved illustrations in the text by Edmund Evans after James Doyle. Ownership inscription on front free endpaper of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), obstetrician. Endleaves a little foxed. An excellent copy in a bright eye-catching binding. First edition of one of the earliest and finest examples of Victorian colour printing. A superbly produced book: "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful, with precise margin notes to précis the text" (R. Margaret Slythe, The Art of Illustration 1750 -1900, p. 28).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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