Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

The History of Joseph and His Brethren. Genesis Chapters XXXVII, XXXVIII, XL

London: Day & Son, [1865]. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto. Unpaginated. 26 double-sided leaves. Rebacked in red pebbled buckram. Retaining beautifully-designed period red pebbled buckram covers, elaborately decorated with gilt embossed Egyptian motifs and geometric patterns. Period spine with gilt lettering laid down. Beveled edges. Gilt edges. Both front and back cover are decorated in full color and gilt. Modern endpapers.

A recounting of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers taken from the book of Genesis, Chapters 37-39. This work is gorgeously illustrated throughout with chromolithographic plates including printing in gold, by British illustrators Owen Jones (mostly known as an architect, 1809-1874), Henry Warren (1794-1879), and his son Albert Henry Warren (1830-1911). The images take inspiration from both the tradition of illuminated manuscripts and Egyptian hieroglyphics. Each scene from the story is shown on the page opposite the corresponding text passage, printed in landscape orientation. The text pages are also beautifully decorated chromolithographically, with gilt and elaborate borders and motifs. Both the initial title page and the final artist credits page are also beautifully designed.

Binding with some rubbing and light bumping to corners. Cover with some smudging and light stains. Binding tight. Interior with foxing, water stains, and/or smudges to pages. Most images still quite clean, with the flaws limited to the edges of the plates. Binding and interior in very good- condition overall. vg-. Item #49991

Price: $375.00

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