LORNA DOONE: A Romance of Exmoor

LORNA DOONE: A Romance of Exmoor

(London: Sampson Low, Marston and Co.,LTD., n.d.).

FIRST PRINTING OF THE FINE DULVERTON EDITION IN A VERY HANDSOME FULL BINDING GILT, SIGNED BY MORRELL. ARGUABLY THE FINEST FORMAT OF THIS BELOVED TALE. Brittan’s and Brock's lovely paintings display a superb combination of artistic talents, the typeset is easy to the eyes and the stunning Morrell binding all combine to make this truly an heirloom to be treasured. Lorna Doone has become a timeless classic, though Blackmore originally had much difficulty in having it published. Almost from the beginning it received great acclaim by many of Blackmore's contemporaries including Robert Louis Stevenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, and Margaret Oliphant. Blackmore combined elements of romance with those of the historical novels popularized by Sir Walter Scott. The basis for his historical understanding is traced to Macaulay's History of England and the analysis on the Monmouth rebellion. Item #26818

First Printing of the handsome Dulverton Edition with coloured illustrations prepared especially for this work. With 16 fine colour plates, including 12 landscapes of the region by Charles E. Brittan and 4 figurative subjects depicting scenes from the story by Charles E. Brock. 4to, beautifully bound and signed by Morrell in very fine full crimson crushed morocco. The covers are decorated with roll tooled interlacing borders in gilt with fine floral corner-pieces and with beautifully gilt-tooled turn-ins and edges, the spine delicately gilt decorated with floral tools in the corners of gilt frames within the compartments between gilt stippled raised bands, two compartments with green morocco labels bordered and lettered in gilt. Very fine red marbled endpapers, a silk ribbon marker and vivid gilding to all edges finish off this most impressive binding. x, 520 pp. A most handsome and superb copy, the text and plates in very fine condition, the beautiful Morrell binding in a perfect state of preservation.

Price: $1,250.00