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  M & S Library Number: 18691

    Fabulous Illuminated Gift Book


    (GIFT BOOK). MAPLESON, T.W. GWILT. Pearls of American Poetry Illuminated. New York: Wiley and Putnam, [1853]. 1st ed. Sq. 4to. 53 illuminated pages (hinged boards), with highly gilded and decorated borders. Aeg. Orig. beveled black morocco, with title in shield (gilt) on front cover only. Lacks free front endsheet. Binding rubbed, lacking bit at top of spine. Endsheets foxed. Very sound & clean, complete with orig. tissue guards. $850.00


    Bennett, p. 71, noting two other similar productions by Mapleson. Of one of those works, also published by Wiley, in 1851, Bennett says: "The editor has been amazed at the variety and the beauty of Mapleson's work, which seems to him...both in abstract decoration and in miniature work, just as good and worthy of enthusiasm as that of the English Sangorski half a century later. And the reproductions are certainly better than the Sangorski reproductions."

    Thompson, p. 44: "...the letterpress is so reduced in importance that it consists merely of a few reprinted poems, the major return for the $12.00 asked per volume having been the color printing of Mapleson's designs.

    The lithography is mostly by Brett of Philadelphia, but also by Sinclair of that city.


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