Item #339656 The Atlantic Telegraph. William Howard Russell.
The Atlantic Telegraph
The Atlantic Telegraph
The Atlantic Telegraph
The Atlantic Telegraph
The Atlantic Telegraph
The Atlantic Telegraph
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VERY RARE LARGE PAPER, HAND COLORED ISSUE

The Atlantic Telegraph.

London: Day and Son, [circa 1866].

First edition. Large paper deluxe hand-colored issue. Hand-colored tinted lithographed title, 24 hand-colored lithographed plates, each trimmed to the image and mounted within a gilt ruled border [as issued], hand-colored chart. v [pagination including the illustrated title], [1, blank], 117, [1, blank], [4, ads]. Folio. VERY RARE LARGE PAPER, HAND COLORED ISSUE. Publisher's purple pebbled cloth, upper cover inset with green cloth gilt extra with a semi-raised cross-section of the cable in the center, flat spine gilt extra, yellow endpapers. Minor wear and rubbing to joints, corners and top and tail of spine with expert cloth repairs. Scattered minor foxing to the plate mounts, heavier to the endpapers and preliminary and terminal leaves, very light dampstain to the lower corners of a few plates well outside the image. Provenance: Frederick E. Ellis (bookplate) Sabin 74396. Not in Abbey or Tooley. Item #339656

The advertisements in the rear for "Choice Gift-Books" published by Day and Son include the present work, described as follows: "A history of Submarine Telegraphy, including an Account of the Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable in 1858, and of the Incidents, Processes and Machinery connected with the Manufacture and Laying of the Cable in 1865; forming a Chronicle of the Leading Events connected with Submarine Telegraphy to the present moment." Illustrated with 26 illustrations and maps after Robert Dudley (including the illustrated title), the work was priced 21s. to subscribers.

However, the advertisement further notes "Proof copies on large paper, coloured and mounted" priced £3 3s. These deluxe editions are very rare and much more desirable, not only for their size, but because the illustrations are entirely and beautifully hand-colored (the regular issue being just tinted lithographs) and further with the plates trimmed and mounted in imitation of original watercolors within gilt ruled borders.

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