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SPLENDID FULL EMBOSSED RELIEVO CALF
GRAY, Thomas. (JONES, Owen)
Gray's Elegy, London: Longmans 1846
Full calf, 10 inches tall. Excellent example of one of Own Jones designed 'Relievo' bindings. His first secular title, this deeply embossed style, in imitation of a 'medieval' carved wooden binding is particularly successful. The title appears on the upper cover framed within holly leaves and berries, on the lower board is the monogram of Owen Jones. The text consists of chromolithograph illuminated plates again designed by Jones. As with all these Relievo bindings the gutta-percha used in the process to attach the plates has perished and in this example has been expertly and invisibly restored. All edges gilt. A fine copy of one of the most celebrated publisher's bindings of the Victorian period.