This book is probably one of my favorite older books that I do not own. It’s owned by the same person as The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy and the fancy backside postcard that I featured on the blog a while back. She bought this lovely gilded Shakespeare at one of the many book sales we attended in recent years. Not only does the spine have the intricate rose patterns of the Rococo Revival, but the cover is super fancy- reminiscent of Moroccan or Turkish patterns, along with the intricate scrolls and fluid C and S shapes throughout the design.
The book also has beautiful gilt edges along the top of the book.
One of the coolest things about this book, is that it was published in 1854, and it is in fabulous condition! The edges are worn, the top edge of the spine is slightly worn, and some of the pages are slightly foxed, but whoever owned this book first, took very good care of it. Additionally, the publishers used higher quality paper, as the pages are still nice, crisp, and white, albeit thin. The words ‘copious glossary’ on the title page caught my eye! I didn’t get a chance to look at this said glossary, but I can only imagine…
Lippincott, Grambo & Co was a prominent Philadelphia publisher in the 1850s and later. Joshua Ballinger Lippincott started in the Lippincott, Grambo & Co publishers in 1850 when he bought Grigg, Elliot and Company. Grambo, his publishing partner, retired in 1855, when the company was renamed J.B. Lippincott and Company. They sold small bibles and prayer books before expanding into history, medical textbooks, fiction, and poetry. They are credited with publishing the first nursing textbook in the US in 1878, and publishing the first American Journal of Nursing in 1900.