London: Longman and Co., 1848. First edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. 6 3/4 x 5". , 31pp. (iv). Original black moulded papier-mâché binding, illustrated with intricate floral motifs surrounding six biblical vignettes and lettering. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated title page.
This "gift book" contains biblical passages describing the various miracles of Jesus, illustrated in vibrant color with intricate and gorgeous chromolithographs, and gilt overpainting, in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts. The final four text pages contain remarks from the illustrator, and an index of the miracles depicted in the book. Henry Noel Humphreys (in addition to being a naturalist, entomologist, and numismatist) was well know for illustrating books in this style of chromolithographic illumination. These types of books were usually presented as gifts during the mid-19th century, and were presented for display in the home.
Original binding has been expertly repaired the hinges of the spine. Interior with a few sporadic minor water stains and smudges in margins of the illuminated pages, with images and text unaffected. The first page of text at the end (i) is torn at the top resulting in some minimal loss of text. Final text pages with a few light water stains and smudges. Binding in near fine, interior in very good condition overall. vg to near fine. Item #44162