A subtle and attractive fine binding decorates this 19th century classic Lucile by Owen Meredith; the binding is unassuming until you open the cover and are confronted by the silk moire doublures framed by fillets and corner decorations, as well as a silk moire endpaper.
About the Work
Lucile was a verse novel written by Robert Bulwer-Lytton writing under the pen name Owen Meredith, and published in 1860. The poem is a narrative told in an anapaest meter. It was Meredith's most popular work, achieving wide popularity in the 19th century, despite accusations of plagiarism involving elements of an 1831 George Sand novella, Lavinia.
“This is a delightful Victorian Romance, if you can ignore the Naturalist point of view that man is a creature driven by the forces around him… but the story is well-executed nonetheless, and the verse is good.” – Kat Adams on Goodreads
In the century following its initial publication, over 2000 editions were produced by nearly 100 publishers.
Measures 24 x 18 x 3 cm. Pages - (2) half title, 332, (2). Calf. Five raised spine ribs; 6 compartments with title and author in gilt. Silk moire doublures framed by five fillets with corner decorations. Silk moire endpapers. Top edge gilt.
See pictures. Some shelf wear, with rubbing along edges. Bottom of spine chipped. Spine sunned (faded). Silk moire doublure and endpapers a little loose. Partially cracked endpaper (front). 1/2 title page has light marks. Throughout the work there is a very occasional fox (spot of yellow), thumb (finger smudge), or rough cut fore edge (I believe the work was opened by the reader). An attractive and sturdy book overall, with a nice example of fine binding.
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