1861 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT - 27 GILT ILLUMINATED CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS in ORNATE COVERS Lovely & Rare
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. A lavishly produced ILLUMINATED edition.
ILLUMINATED by W. & G. AUDSLEY, Architects, Liverpool; ILLUSTRATED by CHARLES ROLT; CHROMOLITHOGRAPHED by W.R. TYMMS.
Published [LONDON: Day & Son, 1861].
Large format hardcovers, brown cloth covered thick boards, front cover ornately embossed and illustrated in multiple colors, gilt embossed titles on the spine, ornately blind embossed on the rear cover, 10.5x14 inches (27x36 cm); all page edges gilt; original yellow endpapers; 27 leaves bound within with an ILLUMINATED CHROMOLITHOGRAPH mounted on each.
The name Helena M. Tucker is embossed in gilt near the bottom of the front cover. This copy clearly was embossed by the binder specifically for her. Laid into the front is a quite ornate b&w hand drawing with the words: "Presented to Helena M. Tucker / Christmas 1874 / From (? A)". Wouldn't it be nice if that last "A" of the presenter's initials was an "Audsley". I have no idea but I would think not. The Presentation drawing is on "Reynolds Bristol Card", with an embossed logo stating such in the upper left corner of the leaf. Also laid in is a religious Birthday Blessing bookmark with a small embroidered piece attached to it that has the embroidered initials H.M.T (Helena M. Tucker).
GOOD MINUS condition: The covers are worn through at the corners and spine ends, the front cover colors are slightly faded, the rear cover is rubbed; overall these over 150 year old covers remain sturdy and attractive. The gilt on the page edges is scratched but bright. Internally, there is substantial foxing throughout, only a little of which is on a few of the chromolithograph plates, but it is quite noticeably spotting the front and back sides of the heavy stock paper leaves on which the lithos are mounted (I have not seen a copy of this book without foxing, if foxing is not mentioned make sure you ask); there is light offsetting on a leaf where a bookmark was laid in and it affects the upper left corner of the lithograph; there is shorelining / water staining to the bottom margin near the gutter not affecting the plates. The illuminated chromolithographs are complete and are brilliant, the colors are sharp and bright, the gilt is mirror reflective. They are gorgeous, and each is suitable for framing. (I actually like to see some foxing in the margins of a framed antiquarian leaf, it shows age and authenticity.)
A solid, complete copy with striking chromolithographs.