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Macaulay, Thomas Babington, & George Scharf. Lays of ancient Rome. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1867. 16mo (17.9 cm, 7"). 210 pp., illus. $200.00
"New edition" presented in a prize binding of these retellings of heroic episodes of classical times by the 1st Baron Macaulay — politician, historian, and essayist. Present here are "Horatius," "Battle of the Lake Regillus," "Virginia," and "The Prophecy of Capys," along with an introductory survey of Roman history and literature; the volume is illustrated with wood engravings by Samuel Williams after George Scharf.
Binding: An => ornate prize binding of green morocco, covers framed with a gilt abstract foliate roll within gilt double fillets, surrounding a central cartouche and four framed compartments filled with gilt fleurs-de-lis, with gilt fleurons at corners; spine with gilt-stamped title, raised bands with gilt chain roll, and gilt-stamped fleur-de-lis motifs in compartments. Board edges with gilt roll comprised of lines and dots; turn-ins with gilt floral and arch roll; marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Provenance: On front pastedown, the => green morocco bookplate of the Sussex Board for Local Examinations, with black double-rule border and gilt emblem. On front free endpaper, mounted => printed presentation slip reading "Prize given by W.T. Loveday, Esq., to the youngest student who passed in Latin and in Honours, and presented through the Sussex Board for Local Examinations to Henry Chester Goodhart (pupil of Mr. C.W. Goodhart, Brighton) who passed in Class I. in the Junior Division, at the examination held in Brighton, June, 1870, by authority of the University of Oxford"; signed by Mayor Rich. M. Webb and Honorary Secretary Barclay Phillips, dated 3 May 1871.
NSTC 2M1243. Bound as above, edges refurbished, very light rubbing to corners and one raised band on spine. Offsetting to presentation slip from bookplate, minor spots to front fly-leaf, and very faint stain to the edge of last few pages; interior otherwise clean. => An elaborate and beautiful English prize binding; a volume bearing "top of the line" versions of its other "prize" elements. (37848) Please RESHELVE This.
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