The Victoria Psalter




No publisher or date, but [London].




The psalms of david illuminated by owen jones

Item Description

Folio. 100 elaborate chromolithographic plates printed in gold and colours on stiff card. Heavily profiled relievo / repousse calf binding over papier mache designed by Owen Jones and executed by Leighton, Son and Hodge. The grandest of Owen Jones' illustrated books. The book was 'Gutta-Percha' bound and consequently falls to pieces and the binding is susceptible to damage. This example has been skillfully rebacked and relined and the leaves resewn to overcome the original production fault and the binding has only slightly worn on the extremities. Some small marginal tears repaired to the fore-edge of some pages but nowhere effecting the illuminated text. A very fine example. Owen Jones considered this his finest achievement in illumination and book design, and it is certainly the grandest of his illustrated books. This magnificent version of the Psalms by Jones uses a restricted palette of red, blue and gold for all of its decorations. It was known as the Victoria Psalter because Queen Victoria had accepted the dedication. The decorative borders are different on every page. This elaborate binding was the deluxe option as the book was also issued in a plain cloth binding which is much less successful, without the impact of the combination of binding and illumination.

[Stock No. 26815]

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