Title: Schloss's English Bijou Almanac for 1841.
Publication Date: 1840
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Four fine portraits of Napoleon, Marie v. Hessen, Caroline Norton (writer of the poems featured here), and I.S.Knowles; one allegorical figure and one view of Caernarvon Castle. Engraved by H.R.Davies in Excelsior, 3-point typeface. Lacks silk place-marker. 14 x 20 mm. Contemporary, elborately gilt-tooled, black, morocco in similarly hand-finished slip case with morocco overlays lettered with title, in hand-made, gilt-tooled fitted box with silk and velvet lining (slightly rubbed, particularly near original metal catch at front; two old labels and one remnant on inside lid and underneath) & tortoiseshell folding miniature magnifying glass (small split near top). The sixth of eight annual issues by Schloss. Caroline Norton, Lady Stirling-Maxwell (1808-77), the grand-daughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, was a well-known author and a social reformer (and notorious victim of marital injustice). Bondy, 42 ("They are true miracles of engraving, illustration, binding and presentation. Each of them has six charming plates, almost all of them portraits of famous writers, musicians, painters or stage performers. These portraits are accompanied by poems in praise of the personalities they depict, written by well-known authors of the period. Not infrequently, it is their first appearance in print"). Joffe, 45. Spielmann, 449 ("a miracle of fine and delicate engraving, done consistently and beautifully to an almost unbelievably tiny scale"). Welsh, (though a different year) 6174. Seller Inventory # 5218