The Spirit of Praise

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Aquinas, Thomas, William Cowper, George Herbert, Martin Luther, Isaac Watts, et. al., and A.B. Houghton, J.W. North, G.J. Pinwell, et. al. (illus.), THE SPIRIT OF PRAISE: A COLLECTION OF HYMNS OLD AND NEW (London: F. Warne & Co., n.d. [November 1866]).  First edition, 24.5 x 18cm (4to), in publisher's blue sand-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt decorations, title, & dogwood floral motifs to covers & spine, & sunken ivory panels to covers (all designed by Albert Warren, w/his initials to foot of spine), bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (W. Bone & Son, Ball 17D) to rear pastedown, [i-xiv], 1-251 [252] red-ruled pp. w/decorative gilt, red, blue & sepia frontis & titlepage, 8 gilt-decorated plates, numerous in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels, & red-decorated initials & ornaments by P. Hundley thru-out.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Inscribed & dated ("Xmas Day 1866") by prev. owner to recto of fr. ep.; also w/the decorative bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, & fr. cover gilt sl. rubbed); contents Very Good (infrequent lt. spotting, & a couple of sections sl. proud).  White 133 ("an anthology of sacred verse containing delightful drawings"), Reid passim, Ray 94 ("the most ornate of the 'Dalziel's Fine Art Books'"), McLean VPBB 108 (illus. colour), Ball 165, de Beaumont 364, Goldman 85.  (Inv. #1339)  C$400


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Aquinas, Thomas, William Cowper, George Herbert, Martin Luther, Isaac Watts, et. al., and A.B. Houghton, J.W. North, G.J. Pinwell, et. al. (illus.), THE SPIRIT OF PRAISE: A COLLECTION OF HYMNS OLD AND NEW (London: F. Warne & Co., n.d. [November 1866]).  First edition, 24.5 x 18cm (4to), in publisher's red sand-grain cloth w/elaborate gilt decorations, title, & dogwood floral motifs to covers & spine, & sunken ivory panels to covers (all designed by Albert Warren, w/his initials to foot of spine), bevelled edges, a.e.g., cream ep.s w/binder's ticket (W. Bone & Son, Ball 17D) to rear pastedown, [i-xiv], 1-251 [252] red-ruled pp. w/decorative gilt, red, blue & sepia frontis & titlepage, 8 gilt-decorated plates, numerous in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels, & red-decorated initials & ornaments by P. Hundley thru-out.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Lightly inscr. in pencil to recto of frontis: "E.E.H. with all good wishes, 1/1/[18]67"; also w/the bookplate of Percival F. Hinton & bookseller's ticket of G.F. Dew[er?] of Leamington, both to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed); contents Very Good (infrequent lt.-to-moderate spotting, & a couple of sections sl. proud).  White 133 ("an anthology of sacred verse containing delightful drawings"), Reid passim, Ray 94 ("the most ornate of the 'Dalziel's Fine Art Books'"), McLean VPBB 108 (illus. colour), Ball 165, de Beaumont 364, Goldman 85.  (Inv. #1426)  C$400


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Aquinas, Thomas, William Cowper, George Herbert, Martin Luther, Isaac Watts, et. al., and A.B. Houghton, J.W. North, G.J. Pinwell, et. al. (illus.), THE SPIRIT OF PRAISE: A COLLECTION OF HYMNS OLD AND NEW (London: F. Warne & Co., n.d. [November 1866]).  First edition, 25 x 18cm (4to), attractively bound by Bain (stamped to verso of fr. ep.) in crimson morocco w/gilt decorations to covers & spine, gilt title & 5 raised bands to spine, a.e.g., decorative gilt dentelles, marbled ep.s, [252, xiv] red-ruled pp. w/decorative gilt, red, blue & sepia frontis & titlepage, 8 gilt-decorated plates, numerous in-text wood engravings by the Dalziels, & red-decorated initials & ornaments by P. Hundley thru-out.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Inscribed to recto of 1st blank: "To Caroline Margaret Anna from her affectionate father Robert Bigle at Christmas Time 1866"; also w/the armorial bookplate (hand-dated 1924) of John Arthur Gibbs to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed); contents Very Good (1st & final couple of leaves browned, & sl. crease to upper gutters).  White 133 ("an anthology of sacred verse containing delightful drawings"), Dalziels 354, Reid passim, Ray 94 ("the most ornate of the 'Dalziel's Fine Art Books'"), Ball 7A, de Beaumont 364, Goldman 85.  (Inv. #1429)  C$200