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DORÉ (Gustave)
DORÉ (Gustave) The Holy Bible  [In Original Parts] Cassell & Company, Limited, [1889-92]
184 plates, 44 original parts, 4to original printed wrappers, the first upper cover dust stained, the remainder fine, in original condition,
The survival of this Bible in original parts and in this condition is most unusual. Cassell & Company were renown for their religious books, and this Bible in Parts was disseminated across the world to Missionary and Colonial Ex-Patriot Communities. The thrill and excitement of a new part arriving with the vigorous and imaginative illustrations, and the ease of a slender volume as opposed to thick and cumbersome volumes, ensured their success but not survival. The date is taken from and advertisement on the first wrapper. The topical printed wrappers were printed over the 3½ years of it's issue. The text and illustration from the original electroplates. In the promotional material for this Bible the publisher says "The production of these Engravings occupied M. Doré no less a period than four years, and the cost of Drawing and Engraving alone amounted to more than £15,000 ".

Stock ref: 13385