Book Description

HENRY SHAW The Arms of The Colleges of Oxford. With Historical Notices of the Colleges by the Rev. John W. Burgon. Oxford: Spiers and Son, 1855 [-1857 or later] Large 4to. pp. unpaginated, [200], 20 hand coloured lithographic plates, heightened with gold and silver. Later full crushed morocco, tope edge gilt. Originally published in parts over three years, the final part dated 1857 at the end of the text. “In November 1855 [Shaw] began publishing The Arms of the Colleges of Oxford in ten monthly quarto parts, each containing two plates and descriptive text by the Rev. J.W. Burgon. The complete work was published by Spiers & Son of Oxford and is dated 1855. The plates are among the finest he ever did: the shield and surrounding gothic frame are drawn on stone and most richly hand-coloured. The typography is characteristic of the Chiswick Press, but no printer's imprint appears. Each shield bears the monogram 'HS' incorporated into the design and each is dated between 1852 and 1862. The original work was expensive at 8 guineas, and it was a Bohn remainder in 1861 at 94/6d.” (McLean, Victorian Book Design, p.68). Uncommon, the Library Hub listing 5 locations.

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