This Victorian illuminated version of Gray's Elegy was published in 1846 by Longman And Co. (London) and Wiley and Putnam (New York). The chromolithographs and gilt decorative elements were executed by 19th century illuminator Owen Jones.
The manuscripts are bound in what appears to be all original leather, both tooled and gilt-decorated. The face of the book reads "Gray's Elegy". The spine seems original and nearly intact. (There is @ 1" at the top of the spine where just the surface leather is worn away and there are a few cracks in the leather spine.) The back of the book is also tooled, the design of which incorporates holly leaves with Gothic elements.
On the 3rd (blank) page, in blue ink, is inscribed what we think reads: M. Cummins. There is some foxing on each page.
This leather bound book measures 10" high x 7 1/8" wide x 5/8" thick.
The box in which this leather book is housed is archival. The boxes remains closed via velcro discs. Within the box are 4 flaps that sequentially get lifted way from "Gray's Elegy", thus revealing it in it's archival 'nest'. The brown archival box measures 10 3/4" high x 8" wide x 1 3/4" thick.
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