Cleveland: The Burrows Brothers Company, Publishers, 1893. Various artists. First "Elaborate" Edition by Burrows. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Quarto [4to] (7" x 10"), elaborate decorative & gilt-stamped cloth, Preface by Miss Katharine Hillard, illustrated full-color frontispiece (with tissue guard) and 76 in-text decorative capitals & vignettes by various artists plus one small colored map, dark gray-green coated endpapers, a.e.g., xxi, [xxii] + 703 pages. 4 lbs. 7 oz. Very Good / None. Item #5253
Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825 – 1900), known as R. D. Blackmore, was one of the most famous English novelists of the second half of the nineteenth century. Lorna Doone is his most famous work.
Blackmore's first edition appeared in 1869; his 6th edition was published in 1873. The first Burroughs copyright on Lorna Doone is 1889. Their "new and somewhat elaborate edition" appeared in 1893.
Lorna Doone is a romance based on a group of historical characters and set in late 17th century Devon and Somerset, particularly around the East Lyn Valley area of Exmoor.
Apart from the painfully large tear to the colored frontispiece and traces of foxing on the tite page caused thereby, this is a Superb illustrated edition of Blackmore's great classic. Solid copy with light age-toning and illustrations within the gilt-edged volume are unfoxed. Previous owner's inscription on a front endpaper. No expedited shipping overseas: heavy volume.