Comic History of Rome 1860's Leech illustrated leather book 10 hand color platesBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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The Comic History of Rome, by Gilbert Abbot. Illustrated by John Leech.
Published c. 1860's, London by Bradbury, Agnew & Co.
308 pages. Text in English. Profusely illustrated throughout. Hand colored engraved frontispiece plus nine other full page engraved plates with original hand color.
Attractive antiquarian tree leather binding, raised bands, gilt title lettering & compartment decorations, all edges & turn ins gilt, marbled end papers.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Binding age worn but still appealing, both covers detached (please see photos), leather and rubbed and edge worn but still supple, remains overall very attractive as an object. Beautiful tree-calf acid etched boards and lovely original spine make this a perfect candidate for rebacking.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, internally book remains mostly clean, tight and sound. A book which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in rather nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws seem easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detailed attempt to present this 19th century hand colored plate book as it survives.
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Book Measures c. 9" H x 5 3/4" W.