New York: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1880. Early American edition. Hardcover. Folio [34 cm] Brown cloth covered boards with decorative gilt, blind and black ink stamped titles and designs on the spine and covers. All edges gilt. Illustrated endsheets. Good. The spine, covers, and edges of the text block are rubbed. The boards are discreetly faded. There are multiple splits in the cloth at the ends of the spine. The longest tear measures 2 inches long, and is along the front joint. There are also several small losses from the cloth at the ends of the spine. There are numerous long white scratches on the rear board. The longest scratch measures 10 inches long. The edges of the covers are gently bumped, and the underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. The majority of the front free endsheet has been torn away, but tucked in. The rear free endsheet is lightly creased. The text block is cracked at the beginning. There are occasional small light stains throughout the mildly browned pages. The pages at the beginning have a bit more staining. Minor offsetting from the illustrations on the pages. Ten or so pages have very small damp stains in the top margins. Overall, the text and illustrations are quite clean, and the book is rather sturdy.Extra charges apply on this item due to weight. Item #30546
With Memoir of Dore and Descriptive Letter-Press by Talbot W. Chambers. Gustave Doré was a world renowned 19th century illustrator. Despite having illustrated over 200 books, some with more than 400 plates, he is primarily known for his illustrations to The Divine Comedy, particularly The Inferno, his illustrations to Don Quixote, and Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.