Cassell, Petter, Galpin: London, Paris, New York. Undated, appears to be late nineteenth century. Six series complete bound in three volumes. Three-quarter leather with gilt trimming and titles. Five ridges to spine. All edges gilt. Two series per volume; twenty portraits and short biographies per series. Marbled end-papers, tissue-guarded portraits with facsimile signatures.
Good. Corners are sharp, edges are slightly worn, joints starting; marbeld eps separated along guttering; moderate foxing throughout and especially to edges of leaves. All plates & tissue guards present. Stain to first portrait of Series 3. Otherwise all portraits clean. Some entries have inserts announcing the death of the person since printing (e.g. The Earl of Beaconsfield, Thomas Carlyle, Dr Punshon). A handsome set.