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    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. A short crack to the base of the front joint, and the lower corner of the front free endpaper has been folded back; otherwise book is near fine, with no foxing, soiling, or rubbing. In custom green cloth, felt-lined solander box.

    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 invariable 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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