The Sleeping Beauty.
An Old Fairy Tale. The pictures engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.London: George Routledge and Sons, 1868 Stock Code: 139828
An attractive copy of this Victorian illustrated edition of The Sleeping Beauty, this version originally published in 1865, and all early editions quite scarce.
"For these 'fine art' books, often issued in the name of other firms, the Dalziels made all arrangements and undertook the financial risk, commissioning artists on their own responsibility to design the woodcuts, contributing part of the designs themselves, and engraving the blocks by their own hands or those of pupils" (ODNB). Their connection with the pre-Raphaelites began in 1855, when Millais was advised by Doyle to employ the Dalziels to cut one of the blocks which he was then preparing for Moxon's edition of Tennyson's poems (1857). No other firm combined technical skill with initiative to the same degree as the Dalziels.
Quarto. Original green cloth, titles to front cover in gilt within frame blocked in blind, yellow coated endpapers.
Frontispiece with tissue guard and 18 engravings in the text.
Bookseller's ticket of J. Gilbert to front pastedown. Neat inscription "to Alice" to front free endpaper verso. Rubbing to extremities, touch of wear to tips, foxing to contents,
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