Elia and The Last Essays of Elia. Charles Lamb, Horace Walter Bray, Wood Engravings.
Elia and The Last Essays of Elia
Elia and The Last Essays of Elia
Elia and The Last Essays of Elia

Elia and The Last Essays of Elia

Newtown, Wales: The Gregynog Press, 1929. Bray, Horace Walter. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), no. 34 of 285, octavo size, 488 total pp. Fine. Item #CNJL722

The essays in this collection were first published in "The London Magazine" and brought Charles Lamb (1775-1834) fame and popularity; his essays have an easy-going and conversational style that appealed to his early readers, and they roam through a variety of subjects, all down-to-earth and taken from Lamb's actual experiences. This lovely two-volume set, printed by The Gregynog Press in Wales, comprises Lamb's essays collected under the name "Elia", a kind of pseudonym that refers to Lamb himself.

The essays are illustrated with wood-engraved headpieces by Horace Walter Bray, whose attention to minute details and charming figures complements the gentle humour of Lamb's writing; overall a fine edition of one of England's foremost essayists.

___DESCRIPTION: Full grey cloth, gilt lettering on the spines, bevelled boards, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, both volumes with black-and-white wood-engraved frontispiece by Horace Walter Bray, both volumes with black-and-white wood-engraved headpieces by Bray throughout; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: Volume I: [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1-265 [266] [1 colophon]; Volume II: [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1-219 [220] [1 colophon], one of 285 copies, this number 34. Bookseller's ticket "Philip C. Duschnes / Rare Books / New York" on the rear paste-down endpaper of Volume II. In a slipcase covered with brown paper, with a cream paper spine label with black lettering and ruled borders, and the edition number 34 written in pen on the bottom board.

___CONDITION: Both volumes are fine; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the bindings tight with solid hinges, the interiors clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; front paste-down endpaper of Volume I is slightly wrinkled, else fine. The slipcase is almost very good, still strong and sturdy, clean overall with some ares of soiling, some overall edgewear including a split at the seam where the top of the box meets the spine, and a small tear to the spine near the bottom of the box.

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Price: $350.00