London: Sampson Low, Marston and Company, Ltd., 1920. Dulverton Edition. Thick 4to. With 16 colour plates with entitled tissue guards. Publisher's colourful pictorial blue cloth, titles in gilt to spine and upper, top edge gilt others untrimmed and age toned; oval medalion portrait of Lorna Doone pasted down to upper. Page edges showing occasional specks of foxing; binding a little rubbed, corners bumped. Still a very attractive copy with lovely illustrations. Perhaps the ultimate Victorian Romance, set in Devon in the period between the Restoration and the Monmouth Rebellion. As well the Romeo and Juliet style romance between the stolid farmer John Ridd and the Gypsy Princess Lorna, the novel also brilliantly dramatises the Great Frost of 1683 and the Bloody Assizes of Judge Jeffreys, and describes the landscape with an affection worthy of Hardy. First published in 1869, with Brittan and Brock's illustrations first appearing in 1910. Item #33917
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