This week we are very excited to receive two new additions to the Rare Books collection, Livre d’heures d’après les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Royale and Reynard the Fox : a poem in twelve cantos.
Both of these beautifully bound and illustrated books were purchased from David Brass Rare Books to compliment our extensive collection of 19th century texts. We are delighted to bring them into our collection!
Paris, Engelmann et Graf, 1846.
A beautifully illuminated Book of Hours, published in 1846 and bound in approximately 1901. Bound in dark brown morocco, the covers are exquisitely stamped and decorated in a strapwork design, with the text block edges stained red and richly decorated with gilt “fleur de lis”, completing the outside are decorative metal clasps. The inside has silk liners stamped with a coronet and “J.D.R. /24 Juuillet 1901”. The text and illustrations are done in the medieval style, highlighted with gold and features plants, animals, demons and saints and many other decorative elements. An especially fine example of chromolithography in action!
Translated from the German by E.W. Holloway. With thirty-seven engravings on steel, after designs by H. Leutemann. Dresden, Leipzig & London: Published for the proprietors by A.H. Payne [&] W. French, 
Published in 1852, this first edition of E.W. Holloway’s translation of the classic fable includes 37 incredibly detailed black and white steel engravings. The book has a Kelliegram binding, completed by Kelly & Sons in 1910 and features a beautiful full russet goat skin with gilt ruled edges, floral corner pieces, decorative fox heads and inlaid leather leaves. The front is also lettered in gilt “Presented to Charles Carroll Morgan by the Fortnightly Club of Nashua in recognition of his distinguished services to the club from the time of its foundation in 1887. December 1910.” Inside there is a newspaper clipping detailing the presentation of the book. In the back of the book you can find the original front cover and spine.
These books are available to be accessed by appointment in Rare Books & Manuscripts. Contact us for more information.
Descriptions of the bindings included here are adapted from those provided by David Brass, you can read the original reports below: