HUMPHREYS, Henry Noel (1810-1879 ) .
Title Coinage of the British Empire: An Outline of the Progress of the Coinage in Great Britain and Her Dependencies. From The Earliest Period To The Present Time. By Henry Noel Humphreys . .. Illustrated By Facsimilies Of The Coins Of Each Period...
Publisher London: Nathaniel Cooke, Milford House, Strand, MDCCCLIV. [1854 ] . 0
Seller ID 44311
First edition. Original publisher's papier mache binding, carefully rebacked. Each cover consists of a pierced and moulded black relief plaque of a coin with the British coat-of-arms with thistle, rose, shamrock and acorn corner ornaments, set over red leather covered boards. Carefully rebacked in matching red leather, with gilt title: "Coinage Of The British Empire". All page edges gilt. Later marbled endpapers, 8vo. 10" x 7" x 1.5" , pp.160, illustrated with 23 full-page plates, 12 of them chromolithographs heightened with silver and gold. Clean English text throughout, just offsetting adjacent to to the coloured plates. A well preserved copy of this scarce book. * Referenced by: NSTC 2H36961 ** Referenced by McLean Victorian Book Design, p. 112 ("another work of successful popularization") and plate 213 for the plaque - "...supreme example of Victorian Gothic." *** " Henry Noel Humphreys (1810–1879), graphic artist and author, was born on 4 January 1810 in Birmingham, the son of James Humphreys and Dorothy Ann Knowles. He was educated at King Edward VI's Grammar School, Birmingham, and received artistic training in Brussels. After his marriage in 1833 he and his wife embarked upon a continental tour, the Italian portion of which inspired in Humphreys a keen admiration for the Italian Renaissance and baroque that stayed with him all his life. He also wrote about architectural materials and expressed radical sympathy for functionalism and engineering. *** Full Title reads: "Coinage of the British Empire: An Outline of the Progress of the Coinage in Great Britain and Her Dependencies. From The Earliest Period To The Present Time. By Henry Noel Humphreys... Illustrated By Facsimilies Of The Coins Of Each Period, Worked In Gold, Silver, And Copper."