Thomas Gordon, and Arthur Hughes
(illus.), PARABLES AND TALES (London: Chapman & Hall,
1872). First edition, 19 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's forest
green linen w/gilt ruling & circular device to fr. cover & gilt
title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, [i-viii],  2-98 pp. w/frontis &
8 full-page wood engravings by the Dalziels after Hughes, +6pp. publ.
cat. to rear. Printed at the Camden Press, London. Binding
Good (expertly rebacked w/most of the original spine laid down &
hinges mended, extremities sl. rubbed, a couple of candlewax stains to
fr. cover, & recto of rear ep. foxed); contents Good (recto of
half-title & final page of adverts browned, & several edges
patched w/rice paper). White 171, Reid 92, Fredeman 48.6 &
93.33, Ray p.103 ("the decorated cover seems to be commoner than the
plain cloth binding"--but he neglects to mention that the plain-bound
issue, w/its untrimmed edges, is sl. larger in format), de Beaumont
123, Woodman pp.23-24 (offering firm evidence that the two bindings
were issued simultaneously), Goldman 242; see also Ball 161.
(Inv. #805) C$600
In addition to the Rossetti-designed binding & the above plainer green binding w/central device to fr. cover, two other versions were issued: "A sufficient number of the sheets remained as late as October 1894 for a different publisher to reissue the volume in a plain green binding, with the Chapman title page, the same four pages of adverts, and a tipped-in printed sticker announcing that 'This book is now supplied by Elkin Mathews'" (Woodman p.23)--occasionally one finds copies missing the printed slip, leading to speculation as to whether they were publisher's oversights or the results of owners wishing to "enhance" their copies; and again in 1917 by Mathews in plain light blue cloth boards (Colbeck 3) but w/most of the original adverts replaced by newer ones & w/new prelims. In Colbeck's entry he warned: "It would therefore appear that any rebound copy of Parables and Tales (1872) lacking the 2 final leaves of adverts must be suspect, as having derived from this late source."