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Burns, Robert. Poems & songs. London: W. Kent & Co., 1861. 8vo (22.8 cm; 9"). xvi, 272 pp., illus. $145.00
A wonderfully illustrated volume of poetry and songs by the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, selected for => drawing-room propriety and housed in a highly ornate binding. His words are here accompanied, beyond the engraved frontispiece and title-page, by => more than 50 engravings and vignettes by the leading illustrators of the time, including Birket Foster, Harrison Weir, George Thomas, and J.C. Horsley.
Binding: Signed black morocco designed by Albert Warren with identical and elaborate multicompartmented gilt-extra boards; a small-scale overall leafy design in blind relief sets off the gilt decorations "laid on top." Original spine lost, with a preserved portion laid in showing that it was equally elaborate in conception and used several of the same stamps; this bears Warren's minute monogram. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Ownership signatures of "Mrs. B.J. Lodge" and "Frank L," and bookseller's label of S. Drayton & Sons, Exeter, to inside front cover.
Bound as above, plainly rebacked with dark teal morocco and a gilt-lettered black leather label; edges of boards and corners rubbed. A handful of pages lightly foxed, another handful lightly dust-soiled; in fact, clean and bright. Ownership indicia as above and extended pencilled bibliographical notes to fly-leaf. => This bears a twin pair of truly dazzling period-expressive covers; one wants to write, "must be seen to be believed!" (37333) Please RESHELVE This.
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