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Pope's Poetical Works

Pope's Poetical Works

(For sale. Enquire within. #659. Pope, Alexander. The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope with Life. London: Gall & Inglis, [No date]. No Edition Stated. Gilt decorated cloth. Very Good/Sans DJ as issued. Gaudy Victorian decorated edition of Pope’s poetry. Terra cotta cover boards are beveled with gilt and color titles and embellishments. Inset illustration of a vase of flowers framed on front cover. Four steel engravings inside with most other pages decoratively bordered. All edges gilt. Some edge-wear to head and heel of spine and corner tips. Period ownership label on first paste-down. Internally, hinges just beginning to crack. Gilt and illustrations still bright and attractive. Overall a lovely example of the sort of over-the-top decoration the Victorians adored. $85.00.)

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