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Lamb, Charles. Prince Dorus. London: Field & Tuer (The Leadenhall Press), 1889. 8vo (20.2 cm, 7.95"). xii, 31,  pp.; 10 plts. (9 col.). $145.00
Type facsimile of the famously scarce 1811 first edition. Lamb's verse fairy tale gives us a royal babe cursed by an enchanter, who as he grows up must overcome vanity and self-flattery to win his true love (not to mention a nose of less Cyranoesque proportions). Here, it opens with an introduction by Andrew White Tuer, half of the publishing firm. "The type and illustrations . . . follow as closely as possible the original edition of 1811," notes the limitation statement, which also marks this as => numbered copy 143 of 500 printed, signed by the publishers.
The plates include a reproduction of the woodcut from the original first edition paper wrapper, printed on blue paper, as well as => hand-colored facsimiles of the nine original copper engravings.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 3612; NCBEL, III, 1225; Opie C 993. Publisher's half vellum and blue paper–covered sides, vellum edges ruled in gilt, front cover with gilt-stamped title; binding lightly dust-soiled. Front free endpaper with inked inscription of G. Tansley and pencilled purchase-related annotations. Pages gently age-toned with very faint spots of foxing (more noticeable to endpapers), otherwise clean. => A lovely copy of an uncommon item. (40992) Please RESHELVE This.
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