Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by R.D. Blackmore
Illustrated by John Austen and Translated by Alexander Pope
Published by The Heritage Press, New York in 1943
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over cloth boards that has raised bands to the spine, gilt titling, and elaborate gilt decorations and ruling. The covers have gilt lines to the boards. There are hand-sewn silk headbands, marbled endpapers, and gold gilted top page ends. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published in 1869, the is the Heritage Illustrated Bookshelf, New York, 1943 edition that features 8 of the original color illustrations along with his line drawings from the original edition. Michelle Allen provides a wonderful summary of the book, “First published in 1869, Lorna Doone is the story of John Ridd, a farmer who finds love amid the religious and social turmoil of seventeenth-century England. He is just a boy when his father is slain by the Doones, a lawless clan inhabiting wild Exmoor on the border of Somerset and Devon. Seized by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he makes his way to the valley of the Doones, where he is discovered by the beautiful Lorna. In time their childish fantasies blossom into mature love—a bond that will inspire John to rescue his beloved from the ravages of a stormy winter, rekindling a conflict with his archrival, Carver Doone, that climaxes in heartrending violence. Beloved for its portrait of star-crossed lovers and its surpassing descriptions of the English countryside, Lorna Doone is R. D. Blackmore’s enduring masterpiece.”
Measures approximately 9.25” x 6” with 549 pages as well as an introduction by John T. Winterich, Table of Contents, List of Illustrations, and the Author’s Preface from the original edition.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of the great classics of Western literature.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.