London: Sampson Low, Marston and Co. for Boots Pure Drug Co., no date [circa 1930]. [Illustrated Literature] WITH DUSTJACKET, a later edition. Small quarto (26 x 20cm), pp.x; 520. With 16 tipped-in chromolithographic plates after illustrations by Brittan and Brock, including a frontispiece. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine and upper board. Fore and lower edge untrimmed. With the dust-jacket, featuring a further chromolithographic illustration to the front cover by Brock, priced at 15s. Offsetting to endpapers. Frontispiece badly creased. Jacket rubbed and lightly toned, with some tears and chips to corners and spine ends. Very good. The ultimate Victorian Romantic Novel, set in Devon in the period between the Restoration and the Monmouth Rebellion. As well the Romeo and Juliet style romance between stolid farmer John Ridd and Gypsy Princess Lorna, the book also brilliantly dramatises the Great Frost of 1683 and the Bloody Assizes of Judge Jeffreys, all while describing the landscape and country ways with an affection worthy of Hardy. First published in 1869, with Brittan and Brock's illustrations first appearing in 1910. Item #53335
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