Title A Book Of Favourite Modern Ballads. Illustrated with 50 engravings from drawings by the first artists [Samuel Palmer, Birket Foster, Harrison Weir &c].
Book Condition * Publisher's Presentation Copy. * Lister copy with armorial bookplate : noted in Lister's Catalogue Raisonne of Samuel Palmer : see note below. * First Kent Edition, striking original red cloth binding by Bone & Son profusely decorated in gilt & blind. 4to, c.pp182 a.e.g., binding lightly scuffed or rubbed here & there. With prelims & last leaf heavily foxed and, as so often, some other generally light scattered foxing or spotting throughout. Excellent copy of a typically fragile cloth-bound 1860s Gift Book.
Publisher W. Kent 1860.
Seller ID 8441
* Inscribed by the publisher 'Kate Temple from her affectionate friend Wm. Kent. 6 Dec 1859'. The book includes particularly two illustrations by Samuel Palmer : see Lister's Palmer Catalogue. An outstanding book designed by Joseph Cundall : and employing a complex double printing system by Edmund Evans : and with each page set within a gold border, many with large and elaborate head & tailpieces also in gold all by Albert Warren. McLean describes the book as 'Bibliographically confusing'. In this Kent 1860 Edition 'the illustrations are printed in black with one or two neutral tints, and the decorations, by Albert Warren, in gold : it carries a Preface by Joseph Cundall, who had devised the book, and may have been its true publisher. It makes an extremely handsome volume'. Another edition, in a slightly smaller format, printed in colour but without the decorations in gold, was later issued by Ward, Lock & Tyler : 'It is, in all its forms, a fine book' [McLean : Victorian Book Design p180]. See Lister : Palmer Catalogue Raisonne : B4A noting blue or scarlet cloth.
POETRY POEMS VICTORIAN SONG SONGS BALLADS SAMUEL PALMER, BIRKET FOSTER, HARRISON WEIR KATE TEMPLE WILLIAM KENT JOSEPH CUNDALL EDMUND EVANS ALBERT WARREN