A Chronicle of England, B.C 55- A.D. 1485. Written and Illustrated by James E. Doyle. The Designs Engraved and Printed in Colours by Edmund Evans

DOYLE, James E. [1822-92]

Published by Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, London, 1864
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Title: A Chronicle of England, B.C 55- A.D. 1485. ...

Publisher: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, London

Publication Date: 1864

Binding: Full Leather

Book Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.


Pp. [2], viii, 462. With 81 wood-engraved textual illustrations printed in colour. Bound in full crimson straight-grained morocco by Riviere, with double gilt-ruled borders enclosing a floral gilt roll, ornamental gilt corner pieces, spine elegantly tooled with gilt lozenges, floral rolls, and gilt rules between double raised bands, with inner dentelles in gilt, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. All in all, an elegantly bound copy in fine condition with only trivial signs of wear. The First Edition of one of the finest examples of Victorian colour printing by the master printer-engraver Edmund Evans (1826-1905). The author, James Doyle, a gifted draughtsman and expert on heraldry, supplied the 81 watercolour scenes of medieval history and pageantry. In order to reproduce the detail and vivid colours of the originals, the wood engravings executed by Evans required printing in as many as ten separate colours by hand. "No one throughout the nineteenth century could mix such bright and clear inks as Evans. These small illustrations rival anything that even Baxter ever did" (McLean). Added to the challenge of printing multiple colours, Evans decided to insert the pictures within the text at the appropriate points, making it "a landmark as the first printed book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text." (Muir). In Evan's view, his Chronicle of England was "the most carefully executed book he had ever printed". (Hardie). It was also the last he printed by hand. Rauri McLean, Victorian Book Design & Colour Printing, pp. 182-4. Percy H. Muir, Victorian Illustrated Books, p. 158. Martin Hardie, English Coloured Books, p. 270. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 21468

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