GORE, Catherine.

New Year's Day, A Winter's Tale.

London: Fisher, Son, & Co.; Paris: H. Mandeville, Rue Neuve Vivienne, [1846] Stock Code: 143157
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A beautiful Kelliegram binding

First edition, in a beautiful signed Kelliegram binding, with their signature onlay illustration, of the second of three Christmas books by Catherine Gore.

The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade in London, having been founded in 1770 by John Kellie (as the name was then spelled), and carried on by successive members of the family into the 1930s.

A prolific writer, Catherine Grace Frances Gore (1798-1861) penned over 70 works of poetry, plays, tales, and novels, edited a gift book and contributed articles to magazines. "Many of her novel titles flag their particular interest for women readers... Many dramatise the conflict between old and new money, in which the central female figure serves as object of symbolic exchange, as 'trophy wife'. A leading 'silver-fork' novelist, Catherine Gore kept up her attention to issues of class after the silver-fork moment ended" (Orlando).

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Octavo (159 x 97 mm). In a fine signed Kelliegram binding of early 20th-century dark green full morocco for Charles E. Lauriat of Boston, gilt titles and decoration to spine, colour morocco onlay illustration within gilt floral panel to front cover, twin gilt rules to rear cover, gilt turn-ins, yellow silk endpapers, green silk bookmark, gilt edges, original cloth bound in at rear. Housed in a fleece-lined green flat-back folding case.


Frontispiece with tissue guard and three plates by George Cruikshank.


Bookplate of Micajah Pratt Clough to first blank. Spine a touch sunned, else a fine copy, handsomely bound.


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