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Neale, Rev. J.M.

Notes, ecclesiological and picturesque, on Dalmatia, Croatia, Istria, Styria, with a visit to Montenegro.

London, J.T. Hayes 1861.

Reference: 8666
Price: £160 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. viii + 208pp, engr frontis, 4 litho plates. Publisher’s cloth, “A.E.I.O.U.” gilt-stamped on upper cover (with binder’s ticket of Bone & Son, 76, Fleet Street, London). A little light foxing and spotting , mostly towards beginning and end of volume and also affecting engraved frontispiece, two very slight bumps to upper and lower edges of rear board, but a good, largely unopened copy.

A scarce little book by Neale, who had been one of the founders of the Cambridge Camden Society twenty-five years previously. Its principal value is as a travel book, for the architecture of the region was studied in greater detail by T.G. Jackson in the 1880s, but it makes pleasant reading, and recent troubles have made the towns that he visited more familiar to a worldwide audience than ever before. The present copy, in a publisher’s cloth binding, has the letters A.E.I.O.U. gilt-stamped on its upper cover, which is a device or motto of the Habsburg family (the book is dedicated to the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary). This is the only example of this Habsburg conceit that we have noticed on a trade binding done for a British publisher (it was presumably Neale who requested its use) , and as such it is most unusual.