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Gray’s Elegy
Thomas Gray (1716-1771)
London, New York: Longman. Wiley and Putnam, 1846
First edition
PR3502 E5 1846

Illuminated by Owen Jones in his characteristic spidery style, this is one of the earliest examples of chromolithography, a method of book illustration that Jones was instrumental in popularizing. Owen Jones was an English architect and designer. His work on the interior of the Crystal Palace and for the Great Exhibition of 1851 brought his name as an interior designer into prominence. This is the first book issued in a kind of binding heretofore generally reserved for illuminated books – deeply embossed to imitate carved wood. The embossing was built up underneath the leather as well as from the top.