SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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STAAL, Gustave.
The Bible Gallery. Portraits of Women Mentioned in Scripture. Engraved by the Most Eminent Artist, from Drawings by G. Staahl (sic)

London: David Bogue, 1847.
London: David Bogue, 1847.

Narrow 4to. contemporary green morocco with elaborate and very decorative gilt design on boards and spine; all edges gilt. Spine slightly faded but a beautifully produced book in fine condition. Blue coloured endpapers. Eighteen hand-coloured steel engraved portraits of heroines of the Old Testament - all remarkably good-looking! Hand coloured examples are comparatively rare - this splendid example is the publisher's colouring. "A few books were issued with steel engraving, coloured by hand, some advertised at one price plain and a higher one coloured. Charles Tilt and David Bogue were among the leading exponents of this trade..." (Hunniset, Steel-engraved Book illustration, p 4.) Coloured plates in order: 1. Hagar. 2. Rachel. 3. Rebekah. 4. Wife of Potiphar. 5. Pharoah's Daughter. 6. Deborah. 7. Jephthah's Daughter. 8. Delilah. 9. Ruth. 10. Hannah. 11. Abigail. 12. Jezebel. 13. The Queen of Sheba. 14. Esther. 15. Athaliah. 16. Judith. 17. The Mother of the Maccabees. 18. Sara, Wife of Tobias.