London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1864. First edition. Hardcover. 4to. viii, 462pp. Finely bound by Riviere in dark green straight-grain morocco. The spine is in five compartments, gilt with raised bands. Each raised band is double with an onlay of crimson morocco tooled with a gilt floral rule. The boards have straight double lines with the gilt floral tool between and gilt ornaments in each corner. Gilt inner dentelles in a floral roll. "Peacock" design marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Written and Illustrated by James E. Doyle but finely printed in colors by Edmund Evans. A landmark of color printing. As Percy Muir notes, Evans took Doyle's 80 watercolors and cut woodblocks, a separate block for each color. Some illustrations required as many as ten printings from the color blocks, all done on a hand press. Further, Evans decided to insert the illustrations within the text which required immense accuracy but resulted in a printing masterpiece. It is the first book with original work printed in color expressly designed for the original text (Muir, p. 158).
A fine, bright copy with only a trace of wear. As nice as you will likely find.
. Fine. Item #21212