[Humphreys, Noel].


[Longman and Co] 1846.
1st Ed. Sm. 8vo. Chromolithographed t.p. and 31 chromolithographed illustrated pages heightened in gold. With Explanatory Parable leaf at end. Very light browning, marbled, hinges neatly reinforced, inner gilt dentelles, blind lettered leather backed papier mache under black plaster heavily tooled with the title within scrolls to boards, skilfully rebacked with original spine laid down, a.e.g., very handsome example. Ruari McLean, Victorian Book Design, pp.101-103 ‘It was the first of the so-called `papier mache' bindings, contrived to look like carved ebony, the result was splendidly gothic and impressive.’ A good copy of this scarce early Victorian landmark in book binding and colour production, it met with great commercial success. (Henry) Noel Humphreys (1807–1879), graphic artist and author. ODNB ‘... Humphreys' antiquarianism was broader than his Italian interests implied. He illustrated illuminated manuscripts from many countries ... Lithography enabled him to combine illustrations, ornament, and calligraphy into an expressive unity. Some mixed reproductions with page decoration, such as The Illuminated Calendar and Home Diary (1845 and 1846) and A Record of the Black Prince (1848). Others contained more original work, notably [the above] (1846) ... He is deservedly remembered for his extensive and significant contribution to the commercially produced book ...’
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