(Philadelphia: Leary & Getz, 1854). 230 x 145 mm. (9 x 5 3/4"). 672 pp.,  leaves (ads).
Publisher's red morocco, lavishly gilt, covers with ornate frame enclosing cathedral-style ornament, upper cover with the name "Almira Ross" stamped in gold, flat spine with gilt decoration and titling, all edges gilt (repairs to heads of joints and head edge of front board). Extra engraved title with portrait of Lady Jane Grey, frontispiece with five miniature portraits, and 17 hand-colored plates. Half a dozen small spots to tail end of spine, scattering of dark spots to rear board, occasional small marginal stains, final page a bit browned (from contact with ads), otherwise an excellent copy, clean and fresh, with bright colors and in an especially well-preserved binding.
This is an appealing copy of a surprisingly scarce biographical compendium, a work made all the more attractive by its original, miraculously well-preserved publisher's morocco binding. Beginning with John Wycliffe and ending with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the book contains over 100 entries, enhanced by 17 hand-colored plates depicting miniature portraits and famous scenes. In addition to the numerous Johns, Edmunds, and Williams herein, 11 women also made the cut, including pioneering author Anna Letitia Barbauld, writer and philanthropist Hannah More, and social reformer Elizabeth Fry. Apparently very little used, the lustrous full morocco binding, with beautiful gilt detailing, is a fine example of the most luxurious publisher's bindings available to consumers in this period. (ST14243)
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PJP Catalog: 74.152