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Shelfmark 12806bb34
Held By BL
Country England
Period 19c
Cover Material Cloth, rib, vertical grain
Decorative Technique Blocked in gold; Blocked in blind; Blocked in relief
Style Publishers binding
Author Grant, James
Title Dick Rodney; or, the adventures of an Eton boy. Illustrated by Keeley Halswelle.
Place of Publication London
Date of Publication 1863
Notes The Design is by John Leighton. London: Routledge, Warne and Routledge, Farringdon Street. New York: 56, Walker Street,1863. London: Savill and Edwards, printers, Chandos Street, Covent Garden.108x172x38mm. vii, 436p. 8 plates. With four pages of publisher's titles bound at the end. The plates are signed: "K. Halswelle [i. e. Keeley Halswelle] " and "Dalziel". [No original endpapers or pastedowns.] Blue rib vertical-grain cloth. Both covers blocked identically in blind on the borders and on the corners. Two fillets are blocked in blind on the borders. "Leaf and petal" decoration is blocked in relief within a single circle blocked on each corner. More leaf decoration is blocked in relief on the sides, the head and the tail. The central frame is formed as an oval by joined semi-circular fillets, blocked in blind. The upper cover central vignette is blocked in gold. It shows a sailor climbing a ship's rigging. A rope and pulley winds down from above him, to his left, then across and below him. The words: "/ Dick/ Rodney/" and "By/ James/ Grant/" are blocked in gold on either side of the sailor. Signed "JL" in gold as a monogram at the base of the vignette. The spine is blocked in gold and in relief. A single fillet is blocked in gold on the perimeter, forming a semi-circular arch at the head. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a weather vane; a gold lettering-piece, with cord and tassels on its borders, has the title: "/ Dick/ Rodney/ or the/ adventures/ of an/ Eton/ boy./" blocked in relief within it; the word "/ Grant/" is blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece; then the head and shoulders of a sailing officer; a boy, seated on a chair, holding a model boat in his left hand; a fillet in gold; the word "/ Illustrated/" is blocked in gold within a rectangle formed by a single gold fillet; a fillet is blocked in gold at the tail. Text copyright Edmund M B King.
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