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Pearls of American Poetry Illuminated by  T.W. GWILT MAPLESON - 1853 - from De Simone Company, Booksellers (SKU: 637)

Pearls of American Poetry Illuminated

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New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1853.  Sq. 4to. 248 x 220 mm., [ 9 ¾ x 9 inches].  Illustrated with 53 illuminated pages (hinged boards), with highly gilded and decorated borders; all edges gilt. Orig. beveled brown morocco, with gilt title in shield on front cover in blind on rear board. Lacks free front endsheet. Binding rubbed, lacking bit at top of spine. Endsheets foxed. Very sound & clean, complete with orig. tissue guards. First edition  One of three illuminated works by Mapleson, exquisitely printed in the chromolithographic process by Alphonse  Brett and Thomas Sinclair of Philadelphia.  In his pioneering bibliography of American color plate books Whitman Bennett writes, "The editor has been amazed at the variety and the beauty of Mapleson's work, which seems to him...both in abstract decoration and in miniature work, just as good and worthy of enthusiasm as that of the English Sangorski half a century later. And the reproductions are certainly better than the Sangorski reproductions."  William Reese writes, "This collection of poems is one of the most elaborate examples of mimicking illuminated manuscripts by way of chromolithography.  Printed on heavy card stock hinged into a binding, the volume combines the work of two different Philadelphia lithographers, Brett and Sinclair.  Mapleson produced a string of similar books in the early 1850's, at the height of the gift book craze."  Whitman Bennett, A Practical Guide to American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books,  p. 71.  William Reese, Nineteenth Century American Color Plate Books, 89.  Carl Peters, American on Stone, pp. 108 and 367.


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De Simone Company is presently offering rare books, manuscripts, illustrated books, broadsides, and ephemera documenting American history during the 19th century. We encourage you to visit our website where you will find numerous catalogues listing our offering. Visit also specializes in early Italian books and manuscripts, mostly in the fields of social science, history, antiquarian bibliography and illustrated books. The owner, Daniel De Simone, has a particular interest in books, manuscripts, ephemera printed in, or about, the history of Ferrara, Italy.


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Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...[more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
Foxing is the age related browning, or brown-yellowish spots, that can occur to book paper over time. When this aging process...[more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
Beveled edges, or beveled boards, describe a technique of binding in which the edges of book boards have been cut into slanted...[more]
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]
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