From the Library of Charles Dickens

    H. N. Humphreys. Illuminated Illustrations of Froissart. Selected from the MS. in the British Museum. London: William Smith, 1844.

    First edition. Octavo. [72] pages. Complete with thirty-six chromolithograph plates. With half-title and chromolithographic added title. Letterpress title printed in red and black.

    Contemporary full green morocco, multiple fillet and foliate borders rolled in gilt to a panel design, spine lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, green endpapers, all edges gilt. With four bookplates total, including two Charles Dickens bookplates: one an engraved bookplate with Dickens' name beneath a recumbent lion, the other a letterpress bookplate reading "From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870" - both are affixed to the front pastedown. A few instances of light marginal foxing. Some stains to fore-edge of text block, unaffecting text or images. Overall, a very good copy.

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    A handsome book that contains some of the earliest facsimile reproductions of the illuminations of Jean Froissart, foremost chronicler of medieval France, this volume also belonged to novelist Charles Dickens in the nineteenth century.

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