London: John Van Voorst, 1843.
Mulready, William. First edition thus. 32 illustrations by William Mulready. xv, [i], 306, [6, ads] pp. 8vo. The Publisher’s Copy. Bound in full contemporary dark purple morocco, covers with triple fillet gilt border surrounding gilt dentelle tooling, spine in six compartmets, lettered in gilt, a.e.g., by Hayday. Fine, and a custom cloth box Ray, England, 62; Provenance: John Van Voorst, publisher (his booklabel and inscription); Edouard Drouyn de Lhyus (ALS from Van Voorst). Item #257703
Publisher John Van Voorst’s copy, with his booklabel — and according to his note on the flyleaf, a “Very superior copy, one of two selected by the Artist, Mulready, from the sheets. J.V.V.” With an autograph note by Mulready tipped-in at the rear and two autograph letters — from Van Voorst to French statesman Edouard Drouyn de Lhyus offering the present volume, and a thank-you letter in return.
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