John Everett Millais's Parables of Our Lord

The Very Scarce 1902 India Paper Proofs Edition


Binding

Clamshell box
[Dalziel, George and Edward], TWENTY INDIA PAPER PROOFS OF THE DRAWINGS BY SIR JOHN EVERETT MILLAIS, BART., P.R.A. TO THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD, ENGRAVED ON WOOD BY THE BROTHERS DALZIEL WITH WHICH IS GIVEN A COLLECTION OF TWENTY AUTOGRAPH LETTERS (IN FACSIMILE) FROM MILLAIS TO THE DALZIELS DURING THE PROGRESS OF THE WORK ([London]: Privately printed by Charles Dalziel, n.d. [1902]).  First edition thus, 37 x 29cm [folio], in publisher's full black morocco w/gilt embossed title to fr. cover, decorative gilt dentelles, intricate floral ep.s, 72 cardstock leaves mounted on stubs.  Stated Limited Edition ("The Number of Copies of This Book Possible is Under Fifty"--titlepage statement) printed by Dalziel & Co. Ltd. at the Camden Press, London.  Enclosed in its custom made black linen clamshell case w/gilt title-label to spine.  Presentation Copy inscr. to recto of 1st blank: "To Leonard Walker from The Dalziels, 1935"; also from the library of William E. Fredeman, the Pre-Raphaelite scholar.  Clamshell case Near-Fine (lt. staining to interior); binding Very Good (expertly rebacked in black morocco w/5 raised bands [matching the original], hinges mended, & covers sl. bowed); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. spotting).  Fredeman 95.80, Ray 170A.  (Inv. #1237)  C$3,300




The 1864 First Edition

Front cover
Rear cover
Millais, John Everett (illus.), THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (London: Routledge Warne & Routledge, 1864).  First edition, 25 x 19.5cm [4to], in publisher's green hexagon-grain cloth w/gilt & embossed decorations & title to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Bone & Son, Ball 17A) to rear pastedown, [i-xii], 1-48 + [1-48 blank versos] + [1-40, plates] red-ruled cardstock pp. w/20 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Millais, +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, upper fr. cover gilt sl. rubbed, & fr. ep. gutter sl. stained); contents Very Good (1st & final leaves foxed w/lt. spotting elsewhere)-this is the green cloth binding, much scarcer than the more common red.  White 48-49, Reid 6-7 & 71-72 ("of this superb work much has been written, but it is worthy of all the praise ever bestowed upon it"), Fredeman 95.37, Ray 170, de Beaumont 244, Goldman 311.  (Inv. #1352)  C$900





Front cover
Rear cover
Millais, John Everett (illus.), THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (London: Routledge Warne & Routledge, 1864).  First edition, 25 x 19.5cm [4to], in publisher's red sand-grain cloth w/gilt & embossed decorations & title to covers & spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g., pale yellow ep.s w/binder's ticket (Bone & Son, Ball 17A) to rear pastedown, [i-xii], 1-48 + [1-48 blank versos] + [1-40, plates] red-ruled cardstock pp. w/20 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Millais, +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Binding Good (spine worn & soiled, & corner-tips sl. bumped); contents Good (1st & final leaves foxed w/occas. spotting elsewhere, & lower edge of p.30 worn w/sl. loss).  White 48-49, Reid 6-7 & 71-72 ("of this superb work much has been written, but it is worthy of all the praise ever bestowed upon it"), Fredeman 95.37, Ray 170, de Beaumont 244, Goldman 311.  (Inv. #993)  C$900





The First American Edition

Front cover
Rear cover
Millais, John Everett (illus.), THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (Boston: Roberts Bros., 1866).  First US edition, 25 x 19.5cm [4to], bound in dark green morocco w/embossed decorations to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, 5 raised bands, bevelled edges, decorative gilt dentelles, a.e.g., marbled ep.s, [i-xii], 1-48 + [1-48 blank versos] + [1-40 plates], [1-2 publ. adverts] red-ruled cardstock pp., w/20 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Millais.  Printed at the Camden Press, London.  Binding Very Good (expertly rebacked w/original spine laid down & new headbands, corner-tips sl. bumped, & minor chipping to fore-edges of ep.s); contents Very Good (some rubbing to gilt edges, & a couple of corners mended).  (Inv. #977)  C$600





The Third Edition

3rd Edition
Millais, John Everett (Pictures By), THE PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (London: SPCK, n.d. [1885]).  Third edition, 23 x 17.5cm (large 8vo), in publisher's ivory linen w/burgundy & dark teal decorations & title to fr. cover & spine, 76 red-ruled cardstock leaves printed & paginated to rectos only, w/20 wood engravings by the Dalziels after Millais.  Printed by J.S. Virtue & Co., London.  Binding Good (spine darkened w/tips chipped, & stains to rear cover); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  (Inv. #780)  C$100



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