Gray's Elegy



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38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations. Curated title for Fleet Library Special Collections book cover exhibition Bound to Please, fall 2022. Title page and all interior pages colorfully decorated to resemble an illuminated manuscript. Binder's paper label mounted inside back cover. Gilt edges, inside cover edges with decorative gold tooling. Although the Elegy was often honored with illumination in Victorian Britain, Owen Jones's version contains a number of innovations. It was the first book issued in Leake's patented relievo binding (Ball, Catalogue, no. 46d), the first example of a title page with names of both the London and New York publishers (McLean 91), and an early example of Jones's ability to use the chromolithographic press in designing a consistently interrelated program of illumination.

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London : Longman and Co. ; New York : Wiley and Putnam, 1846


Longman & Co.


London; New York


Bound to Please Exhibit 2022; poetry; elegies; illuminated manuscripts; illumination (image-making process); illustration (process); illustrations (layout features)


Book and Paper | Illustration

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Gray's Elegy



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