With Wonderful Color Engravings by Edmond Evans

    James E. Doyle. A Chronicle of England B.C. 55 - A.D. 1485. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864.

    First edition. Large quarto. viii, 462 pages. Index. Dozens of illustrations by the author, many in full color.

    Bound by Charles E. Lauriat in full green morocco over boards. Double gilt border fillets with gilt floral motifs within. Gilt lettering to spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. In custom green cloth, felt-lined solander box. A short crack to base of front joint; lower corner of front free endpaper has been folded back. Otherwise, a near fine copy, with no foxing, soiling, or rubbing.

    Edmond Evans, the esteemed engraver, rendered the color engravings from Doyle's original artwork. In English Colored Books, Martin Hardie writes: "For each of the eighty-one illustrations nine or ten colour-blocks were engraved, and the whole work was done on a hand-press, employed on this book for the last time. [...] Colour illustrations are almost invariably on separate plates, and it is a striking feature of this book that all the illustrations are in the text. Mr. Evans told me that he considered this the most carefully executed book he had ever printed."

    Hardie, p. 269.

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