The Sculptures of the Parthenon.London: John Murray, 1903 Stock Code: 134488
Presented by the author and handsomely boundFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "To Miss Elinor S. Lewes, from the author, with my best wishes, A. S. Murray, 19th March 1903"; inscribed beneath, "This book was specially completed and bound for us before publication and given us by the author and Mrs Murray as a wedding present. E. C. O - E. S. O.", and with their gilt scrolling monogram to front cover. Elinor S. Lewes (1878-1974) was the granddaughter of George Henry Lewes, partner of George Eliot; Elinor inherited the copyright of Eliot's unpublished writings, leaving them to one of her grandsons, Jonathan Ouvry. Her husband was Ernest Carrington Ouvry, a lawyer (see Rebecca Mead, The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot, Granta, 2014).
A most handsome copy, beautifully presented and accompanied by a cabinet card photograph of Murray by Elliott & Fry, along with his calling card, annotated by his wife, Anne Marie Welsh.
Small quarto (227 x 152 mm). Contemporary red crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettered direct and with central fleuron motif, gilt French fillet to sides, gilt double fillet edge roll, gilt edges, richly gilt turn-ins, red silk endpapers. Housed in a custom grey card flap case.
Photogravure frontispiece, 6 similar plates (all tissue-guarded, one folding in pocket at end), 11 monochrome plates largely from photographs.
A very good copy in a most handsome binding.
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