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JONES, Owen.
The Song of Songs .

London: Longman & Co., 1849.
McLean, VDB & CP, 92-94; VPB, 11 & 33; Morris and Leven, APB, 69.
London: Longman & Co., 1849.

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (32)pp. Beautifully and expertly illuminated throughout by Owen Jones. Binding by Edwards & Remnants of London, using Leake's patent relievo process for embossing leather in high relief. The front cover with embossed ornamental borders, dot and line strap work surround, foliate spandrels, floral-decorated titling. The rear cover repeat the front except for the title, which is replaced with a floral-decorated monogram. It is said that Edmunds and Remnants were awarded a prize medal for this binding at the great Exhibition of 1851. Delightful inner dentelles in gilt. All edges gilt. Solomon's Song of Songs is here illuminated by Owen Jones in his familiar style, without illustrations. Each page is chromolithographed in two reds, two blues, a green, gold and black. Neat contemporary inscription on the preliminary blank dated Jan 1st 1857. It reads: "Mrs Lansdale - A New Year's gift from her affectionate friend, Mrs R. Gibbs". Nicely and neatly re-backed with a new calf spine, and retaining the original cream-coloured endpapers. A trace of wear to the original leather boards, and light dusting of soil else a very good copy. Very good Hardcover. Owen Jones (1808-74) was at the very forefront of Victorian medievalist book design. He helped to pioneer chromolithographs.