London: Joseph Cundall, 1850. Cadogan, Lady Augusta. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 27 pp. Good +. Item #16063201
This publication of the Book of Ruth is illustrated by Lady Augusta Sarah Cadogan (1811-1882), who was the daughter of the third Earl of Cadogan, and Lady-in-Waiting to the Duchess of Cambridge, to whom she dedicates the illustrations in this book; the illustrations are lovely in their detail and colouring, in appearance as though they are chromolithographs with hand-colouring. Text is the King James Version, but the illustrations are what make this volume spectacular.
Stamps from Woodward's Gardens are featured on a few pages throughout the book; built after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, California, the Gardens was an amusement park, museum, and zoo that at one point was home to the famous bear Monarch, a wild grizzly bear later immortalised on the Flag of California.
The book is scarce in the trade, with no copies online or in auction records as of this writing; this volume is possibly in a custom binding, as there is a binder's stamp from Bone & Son, a prominent trade binder in Victorian London, on the rear paste-down endpaper.
___DESCRIPTION: Full blue paper over bevelled boards, title in gilt on the front board, title page with decorative capital letters in black, eight full-page colour illustrations by Cadogan throughout; octavo size (9.75" by 7.5"), pagination: [1-7] 8-24 [25-27]. Binder's ticket on rear paste-down endpaper from Bone & Son, 76 Fleet Street, London. With four stamps from Woodward's Garden, on the front free endpaper, the bottom margins of the title page and page 15, and the verso of the last illustration.
___CONDITION: Volume is good plus, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is bright with clean and bright illustrations, and entirely free of prior owner markings; soiling to the boards, overall rubbing to the edges and joints, corners are rubbed, light foxing throughout (not obscuring any text), the gutter between pp. 16 and 7 cracked, but text block still strong, and a small closed tear to the bottom margin of the third illustration.
___CITATION: Chamberlin p. 221; OCLC no. 3032721, which lists eight plates (ergo, this volume complete).
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