Pre-Raphaelite books and illustration

On Tuesday evening Dr Paul Goldman gave an excellent talk on Pre-Raphaelite books and illustration for the Institute of English Studies/Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Collecting Seminar Series. Paul illustrated his talk with several items from Historic Collections including our copies of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market  (1862) and The Prince’s Progress (1866) with covers, frontispiece and title page designed by her brother Dante Gabriel. Paul also called upon our copy of the famous edition of Tennyson’s poems published by Moxon in 1857, illustrated by the likes of John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Rossetti, Clarkson Stanfield, and William Mulready.

Pictured here is the original publisher’s binding and Millais’s depiction of Cleopatra which accompanies the poem ‘A Dream of Fair Women’:

(With that she tore her robe apart, and half
The polish’d argent of her breast to sight
Laid bare. Thereto she pointed with a laugh,
Showing the aspick’s bite)

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