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(Coronation of George IV). Sir Harry Herald's graphical representation of the coronation regalia; with the degrees and costume of different ranks. London: J. Harris & Son, 1824. 12mo (18 cm, 7"). 17, [1 (ads)] pp.; illus. $275.00
Issued in conjunction with the 1821 coronation of George IV and => designed for the juvenile readership, this engaging work introduces them to the regalia and costumes of the ceremony. Here in the fourth Harris edition, it was issued in the series "Harris' Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction."
The => very precise, very well done, very informative hand-colored wood-engraved illustrations fill the upper half of each page, with letterpress text below: text and images are printed only on one page of each of the 16 leaves.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
All four editions are scarce; of this fourth one, NUC and WorldCat find only four U.S. libraries reporting ownership (UC San Diego, Yale, Princeton, and Brown).
Gumuchian 2206; Moon, John Harris's Books for Youth, 799(3). Publisher's printed and illustrated off-white paper over light boards, darkened to a light taupe; later oversewing; binding shows wear and soiling. Occasional spotting in margins of text with creasing variously across leaves; one small bit of one margin taken at edge. => A good copy, with its colors as fresh as the day. (38810) Please RESHELVE This.
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