1849 Beautiful Worsfold Binding - FAIRY TALES and Romances by Count Anthony Hamilton.
Author: Count Anthony Hamilton. (Translated from the French by M. Lewis, H.T Ryde, and C. Kenney).
Title: Fairy Tales and Romances.
Publisher: London, Henry G. Bohn, 1849. First thus.
Language: Text in English.
Size : 7 " X 5 ".
Pages: vi-562 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good, near fine, red half crushed morocco leather binding with raised bands, elaborate gilt titles and decoration to spine, and marbled paper over boards. All edges gilt (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. A very nice deluxe binding by Worsfold binders!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare foxing and staining - as shown, armorial bookplate of Charles Napier, Baron Lawrence of Kingsgate (1855-1927) ) on the first endpaper).
Illustrations: Complete with the nice frontispiece etching portrait of Count Hamilton.
The book: Rare and attractive volume. A fine example bound in the West End style. Containing translations from the French of the following stories: 'The Four Facardins'; 'Zeneyda'; 'The Story of May-Flower'; 'The Ram'; and 'The Enchanter Faustus'.
The author: Antoine (or Anthony) Hamilton, Comte (c. 1645 – 1719) was a soldier and a writer of literature. As a Catholic of Irish and Scottish ancestry, he fled with his family to France during the Interregnum and later sided with James II against the Prince of Orange, which led him into another French exile. As a soldier he fought in French service in the Franco-Dutch War (1672–1678) and then in the Irish Army in the Williamite War (1688–1690) where he fought on the losing side in the battles of Newtownbutler and the Boyne. As a writer, he chose French as his language and adopted a light and elegant style seeking to amuse and entertain his reader. He is mainly known for the Mémoires du comte de Grammont, which tells about the time his brother-in-law, Philibert, Comte de Gramont, spent at the court of Charles II at Whitehall.
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