[Charles E. Lauriat Company (binding); Thomson, Hugh (illustrator); ]; Mrs. Gaskell (Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell); Ritchie, Anne Thackeray (preface)
Book Condition near fine
Publisher London Macmillan & Co. 1892
Illustrator Thomson, Hugh
Seller ID 1869
C8vo (7 ¼“x 5 ¼”). pp.. Third printing. Signed Lauriat binding of tree calf with gold filigree borders. Spine with five raised bands with a red and a dark brown morocco spine labels; compartments decorated in gold with a central fleuron with filigree corners and triple rule borders; gold decorated edges and turn-ins. marbled endpapers in green, pale blue, gold and white; a.e.g. The original Hugh Thomson binding bound in at the rear. Includes frontis. with tissue guard and over 100 b/w line block illustrations by Hugh Thomson, including headpieces, tailpieces, historiated initials and textual vignettes – a tour de force of Hugh Thomson’s delicate interpretation of Early 19th Century England. Part of the Macmillan Cranford Series. A collection of satirical sketches, originally published in installments between 1851 and 1853 by Charles Dickens in Household Words based on the town of Knutsford, Cheshire in the early 19th century, where Gaskell spent much of her childhood. Cranford portrays changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England through the lives of the women who lived in Cranford.A near fine copy with light scattered foxing to the first three pages only. Spielmann and Jerrold 6; Balston 4; Rogerson 4.