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BLACKMORE, Richard Doddridge.

Fringilla, some tales in verse.

Pictured by Louis Fairfax-Muckley, with III drawings by James Linton. London: Elkin Mathews, 1895; [with:] — Fringilla, or Tales in Verses.

Cleveland: Burrows Brothers, 1895 Stock Code: 104558
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First edition, together with the first US edition, limited issue (number 472 of 600 copies). With the ownership signature of James Warren English (1837-1925) to the front pastedown of the London edition; he was mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1881-83. An interesting pair of this work by the author of Lorna Doone, showing the contrasting treatment given to the book either side of the Atlantic: the London edition showing a strong arts and crafts influence, the Cleveland edition illustrated in art nouveau style.

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2 copies, octavo. London edition: original pale green cloth, titles and decoration to spine and front board dark green, vignette blocked to front board dark green, top edge green; illustrated by Louis Fairfax-Muckley and James Linton. Cleveland edition: original buff cloth-backed green boards, titles to boards black and red, vignette to front board black, top edge gilt; illustrated by Will H. Bradley. Housed together in a custom calf-backed solander box.


Ownership signature to front pastedown. Spines very slightly rolled, the first US edition with light foxing to contents and slight wear to edges. An excellent pair.


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