The poetic story is less impressive than the chromolithographic illustrations. Dedicated to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester. Light wear to the corner tips and to the spine ends. The front hinge is open, but the binding is very tight and possibly was repaired at one time. There is a book-plate on the front paste down indicating that this was given to a student as a prize. Contents are Near Fine to Fine and overall a Very Good and attractive book. Each text poetry has a vignette in black and white with various floral and armorial borders in multi-colors. The poetry text is in black and red with first letters of the page illuminated. It is printed on only one side of heavy card stock with each page having a tissue guard. Hardbound in brown pebbled cloth, bevelled edges. Title and a center vignette is gilt-stamped on the front cover. The back cover has the title blind-stamped. Bookseller Inventory # 16084
Title: THE ARAB'S RIDE TO CAIRO, A LEGEND OF THE ...
Publisher: Seton & Mackenzie; Houlston & Stoneman, no date but ca 1855.
Publication Date: 1855
Book Description Edinburgh: Seton & Mackenzie, [1857?]., 1857. As stated in a review of The Arab's Ride to Cairo printed in The Athen¾um: Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts for the Year 1857, "This is a book meant for a Sultan weary of war. It is bound in green morocco, edged with embroidery of gold, and stamped with gold crescents. The paper is as thick as millboard, and every page is a network thicket of colours. Bar sinisters of azure, twines of blue and crimson flowers, infested by rare-plumed birds and bronze-dyed insects.[it] relates how Zillah, the daughter of a chief named Hassan, falls ill, and pines for an orange or two, how her lover Nadir rides to Cairo, across the Desert, for a shilling's worth, and dies by the way, universally regretted by all who knew him" (p. 250). Small quarto. 14 ff. with tissue guards on heavy paper, printed on rectos only. Full page chromolithographed decorations consisting of borders and initial letters with inset black and white etched illustration and text in red and black. Green morocco stamped decoratively in gilt with a gilt-tooled spine. Gilt, gauffered edges. Some light fading to binding. Light offsetting and foxing to leaves and tissue guards. Bookplate on front pastedown. A very good, fresh copy First edition. George John Whyte-Melville (1821-1878) was a Scottish novelist of the sporting-field and poet. He translated Horace in 1850 and published his first novel Digby Grand in 1853. He wrote over twenty novels during his lifetime. Mrs. Wolfe Murray (neˇ Elizabeth Charlotte Whyte Melville) was the poet's younger sister. Not much is known about her, including her dates. Bookseller Inventory # 16304
Book Description Seton & Mackenzie; London: Houlston & Stoneman, Edinburgh, 1855. Murray, Wolfe. Printed by Schenk & McFarlane, Edinburgh. Dedicated to the Duchess of Gloucester. Chromolithographic title page and 13 other numbered plates with black and white lithographic vignette and chromolithographed text and borders, printed on stiff cards, by Schenck & McFarlane, after illustrations by Mrs. Wolfe Murray. 1 vols. Small 4to. Scottish Chromolithography. Bound in full contemporary pebbled green morocco gilt, sides with bevelled edges, edges gilt and gauffered. Slight rubbing to corners and joints, inscriptions on flyleaf, the earliest dated "Gertrude Hope, 1856." Chromolithographic title page and 13 other numbered plates with black and white lithographic vignette and chromolithographed text and borders, printed on stiff cards, by Schenck & McFarlane, after illustrations by Mrs. Wolfe Murray. 1 vols. Small 4to Printed by Schenk & McFarlane, Edinburgh. Dedicated to the Duchess of Gloucester. Bookseller Inventory # 59461