William Ralston; signed
Green cloth with a gilt design.
6¾ x 4 inches
This elaborate design deploys comic motifs that link the cover to H. K. Browne's illustrations within. It plays on the notion of sketching, uniting a palette and brushes and a quill; 'young couples' are symbolized by newly-born chicks and Cupid's arrow signals romance; experience, the end result of innocence, is registed in the form of a cigar-smoking swell. 'W R', Ralston's monogram, appears below the letter 'O'.
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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke
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