Victorian Gift Book Edition Of A Novel Set In The 18th-Century Theatre
By Charles Reade, illustrated by Hugh Thomson
First American edition of Thomson's illustrated edition of the popular historical novel about the Irish actress from the Georgian era.
"...he has given his heroine flesh and blood." – Austin Dobson, introduction
Soon after the success of his series illustrating Jane Austen's novels, Thomson received a commission similarly suited to his skills: Reade's Victorian novel looking back on the great actors of the 18th century, and especially the success of the Irish actress Peg Woffington. First published in 1853, it was an expansion of the popular play Reade wrote with Tom Taylor. The elaborately ornamented binding design, using elements from nature – in this case, butterflies – to create striking visual patterns, is a beautiful example of the pictorial cloth gift books produced in the late 19th century.
Read more: Spielmann and Jerrold, Hugh Thomson.
New York: Doubleday & McClure Company, 1899. Octavo. 7.25'' x 5''. Original elaborately gilt-stamped green pictorial cloth. Top edge gilt, fore-edge uncut. Illustrated by Thomson with black-and-white frontispiece and title page, plus many black-and-white images throughout. Introduction by Austin Dobson. lii, 298,  pages. Light bumping and rubbing to corners and spine ends. Hinges sound, gilt bright.
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