Very Good. Item #6575
Philadelphia: William T. Amies, 1878. Quarto; xxviii + 740pp. Thirteen steel engravings with tissue guards in place. Full leather with ornamental blind stamping, gilt lettering, and gilt highlights spine and front panel. Beveled edges on panels. Textblock gilt on all edges. Small comb marbled endpapers. Slight scuffing to panel edges, spine crown and foot. Textblock gilt edges still brilliant. Front hinge split, though its external joint is sound. Pages unmarred and unmarked. All tissue guards in place with minimal foxing—though one guard has a mouthful-sized piece missing. (Hmmm.)
A showpiece for late 19th-century aspiring American culture-vultures who were daring enough to be Byronic, almost the size of a massive family Bible. The very crisply printed engravings feature exotic maidens, reclining invitingly, with come-hither gazes. And the loins of Mazeppa, who is bound naked to his horse, are almost evading their conveniently flying veil. Almost. A Mapplethorpe coffee-table book for its era, still suitable for Main Line homes.