Lever, Charles. The Daltons, or Three Roads in Life. London: Chapman & Hall, 1852. First Edition. Hardcover. Condition (Book/DJ): Very good / No jacket.
This antique complete two volume set is bound in full leather. The deluxe private binding features decorative red endpapers and gilt tooling around the edges and inside the boards. This first edition title is heavily illustrated with etched plates by "Phiz", the pen name of Hablot Knight Browne (10 July 1815 Ð 8 July 1882), an English artist and illustrator. Well-known by his pen name, "Phiz", he illustrated books by Charles Dickens, Charles Lever, and Harrison Ainsworth. Charles Lever also wrote "Knight of Gwynne" and "Roland Cashel." The book bears the bookplate of M.C.D. Borden (1842 - 1912), known as the "Calico King". He ran the American Printing Company, which at one point was the largest cloth printing company in the world. He was born in Massachussetts, attended Phillips Andover and then Yale.