Cloth casing, with a gilt device.

An unsigned original design by Charles Altamont Doyle.


Elaborate gilt device and rustic title imprinted on smooth-textured red cloth.

7½ x 5½ inches

A flamboyant design, unsigned, but clearly by Doyle; the pictorial title-page is a variant. Charles’s style resembles that of his brother Richard, although his art is probably more-dream-like than the imagery of the more famous Doyle. This clever binding adds an allure, also supported by the illustrations, which is otherwise lacking from the leaden text.

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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke

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