GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson. John Tillotson.
GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson
GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson
GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson
GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson
GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson

GEMS OF GREAT AUTHORS; or The Philosophy of Reading and Thinking. / Selected by John Tillotson

London Edinburgh: Gall & Inglis, N.D. c.1886. floral and gilt. Landscape Series of Poets; Reprint. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo (5 3/8" x 7 3/4"), gilt- & blind-stamped publisher's green cloth with red, black, blue embroidery, an elaborately decorated and gilded spine, plus front cover with small gilt medallions of authors (Shakespeare & Burns), cathedral, and castle, plus a centered chromolithographof flowers in a vase on simulated ivory [?] incused within an oriel with a border of tiny chevrons and a black encircling ribbon stating "The Landscape Series of Poets," all framed by a recilinear border of black double rules; glossy pages with black typography, each page having elaborate capitals and gray-black floral borders surrounding text, Subject & Author indices, all page edges gilded for protection [a.e.g.], black-coated endpapers, viii + 376 pages. Very Good / None. Item #5299

A lovely keepsake volume with extravagant high Victorian decorations, embellishments that is filled with lofty sentiments and quotations by notables.

No date specified or copyright information; a reprint of this 1880ish edition. A few variants of this charming gilt embellished edition were produced: some with silver trim (not gold as ours); or an angel inset on the front cover's center in lieu of flowers in vase; brown decorative cloth instead of green; an enlarged frame on front cover but no small quarter-sized medalions at its corners.

Condiiton: Solid copy with unsullied glossy pages (lightly age-toned), bright gilt and colors, light wear with corners slightly rubbed. Rear blind-stamped green cover in remarkably unworn condition though corners and head and foot of spine have some wear. Previous owner's inscriptions on front endpapers dated 1886. Some splitting of black coated endpapers along the hinge.

Price: $45.00

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