Fine Leather Binding by Riviere!
Beautiful edition of this literary classic!
Essays of Elia.
With Introduction and Notes
Publication Date: 1929
Publisher: London: Macmillan and Co., Limited
Author: Lamb, Charles
Binding: Beautifully bound in full crimson polished calf leather. Buttery smooth and supple. Hand-bound & stamp-signed by Riviere & Son of London. Fine Condition. 5 raised spine bands with gilt accents, as well as elaborate gilt floral designs in spine compartments. Highly gilded spine. Two contrasting leather spine labels, both of which remain bright. Two gilt borders to front and back boards, as well as a gilt portrait of Lamb on the front board. Elaborate gilt dentelles. All Edges Gilded and Bright. Beautifully marbleized endpapers, which remain free from Ex Libris plates and free from signatures. Binding is solid. Fine Condition. Volume measures 7" x 4 7/8".
Description: xxvi, 425pp. Text is clean and crisp. In 1820 Lamb invented the pseudonym for his first essay, about the work place of his brother, by taking the name of a clerk no longer employed there. The pseudonym stuck, however, and it allowed Lamb to develop a persona with which he examined a variety of subjects with celebrated humor and style. Probably Lamb's best work, though he is also remembered for his children's versions of Shakespeare and Homer which he wrote with his sister Mary (who became his charge after she had a bout of insanity in 1796 and killed their mother). "The prose essays under the signature of Elia form the most delightful section amongst Lamb's works." "They are carefully elaborated; yet never were works written in a higher defiance to the conventional pomp of style. A sly hit, a happy pun, a humorous combination, lets the light into the intricacies of the subject [Lamb] gives an importance to every thing, and sheds a grace over all" (Allibone, 1050, 1049).
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