(London: Edward Moxon & Co., 1865). 160 x 125 mm. (6 3/8 x 4 3/4"). vii,  (blank), 256 pp. First Edition of this Collection from the Moxon Miniature Poets series.
OPULENT RED MOROCCO, INLAID AND LAVISHLY GILT "À LA RÉPÉTITION" BY JOHN RAMAGE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers framed by decorative gilt rolls, central panel semé with alternating red and inlaid blue morocco scollops densely tooled in gilt, raised bands, spine compartments similarly decorated but the inlaid scollops green rather than blue, compartment at foot of spine with inlaid and gilt monogram "A H" (perhaps for Tennyson's friend Arthur Hallam, the subject of "In Memoriam"?), gilt titling, turn-ins gilt with repeating semi-circle tool, pale gray watered silk endleaves, all edges gilt. With engraved portrait frontispiece and wood-engraved decorative head- and tailpieces. Text with red fillet frame. Verso of front endleaf with round green morocco bookplate of bibliophile couple Georges Flore and Geneviève Dubois, and a pencilled note that the binding was executed by John Ramage ca. 1890. Very minor rubbing at top and bottom of front joint, inconsequential creasing to silk endleaves, but A VERY FINE COPY, clean and fresh internally, and IN A BINDING SHIMMERING WITH GOLD.
This irresistible volume combines some of the Poet Laureate's best-loved verses with an arresting binding by one of the most respected English binders during the last half of the 19th century. Born in London in 1836, John Ramage served an apprenticeship with John Wright, then went to Paris, where he was able to work with the distinguished Marcellin Lortic. In 1860 Ramage purchased the binding business of Alexander Banks, Junior, in Edinburgh, then returned three years later to London, where he was in business at various locations into the 20th century (W. D. and N. M. Ramage carried on the business until 1929). Though the range of their designs is broad, Ramage bindings are celebrated for their remarkably fine gilt work. That superb gilding and finishing make our volume stand out, distinguished by some of the most intricate tooling of any binding we have ever offered. Among the contents here are many of Tennyson's best-known poems--"Charge of the Light Brigade," "The Lady of Shallott," "St. Agnes' Eve"--along with excerpts from his longer works, "The Princess" and "Idylls of the King." Geneviève Dubois is the author of several books on alchemical and Hermetic studies. Books in the collection she shares with Georges Flore include works on those topics, along with fine bindings and illustrated works. (ST16806)
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