Prize binding. 1898 Critical and Historical Essays by Lord Macaulay. London


A handsome two-volume prize binding, bound in the tree-calf design, with the armorial of the school in Clevedon. 1898 Critical and Historical Essays contributed to the Edinburgh Review, by Lord Macaulay. Complete, in two volumes. With a detailed prize inscription on the front endpaper paper awarding these volumes to E. Basil Morgan in July of 1903, for German, at the Channel View School in Clevendon. The school's armorial is on the front board of both volumes.

Physical Attributes -

Each volume measures approx. 18.5 x 12 x 4 cm. Tree-calf bindings. Armorial of the school in gilt on both front boards. Spine with five raised bands; four compartments decorated with gilt tooling, two compartments with the title and volume in gilt (but see notes on labels). All edges marbled. Turn-ins rolled with lovely gilt flower and vine design. Marbled endpapers. Pages - 905, 930

Condition -

See pictures. Spines sunned; leather labels with titles missing from v1 and chipping on v2. 1" rub/light gouge in front board of v1 and same at rear v2 board. Else, the bindings are fairly clean with little edge wear and rubbing. Ex libris plate on pastedown of both books. Prize inscription written on blank front endpaper of v1. Some toning throughout, more towards edges. Page 128/129 ghost of spine label for v1, which has been placed in the volume there. A little separation at gutter between flyleaf and blank front endpaper in v2. The text blocks are quite clean, it doesn't appear as though they were thumbed (possibly not read).

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