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1904 Smeaton's Edinburgh and its Story : Illustrated History : Gilt Decoration

1904 Smeaton's Edinburgh and its Story : Illustrated History : Gilt Decoration

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EDINBURGH AND ITS STORY

By Oliphant Smeaton

Illustrated by Herbert Railton & J Ayton Symington

Published by J M Dent & Co, London, 1904. First Edition. Hardback, 4to, in publishers unidentified 'signed' binding. There is a letter 'K' on the front board at the bottom right corner (see image provided) . . .we are unable to identify the book designer's monogram. 96 pages.Illustrated by 52 full page colour plates with others in text.

Scottish journalist, historian, and educator William Henry Oliphant Smeaton became popularly known for is writing on Australian life and literature for various British publications as well as for his adventure and children's fiction novels during the 1890s. Smeaton became associated with the Dent publishing firm during this time and worked with J.M. Dent on the editorial work for the Temple Classics and the Everyman Library series. In addition, he edited several books on Scottish antiquities and English literature including works by William Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, and John Ford.

CONDITION

A good clean copy throughout. The gilt cloth binding is in very good condition and inner and outer hinges are secure with no cracking or damage. All contents present. Light spotting to endpapers and name written to front blank endpaper. Pages in good clean condition throughout with perhaps the odd faint spotting to a few margins but overall very good. All plates present and in good order.. Overall a good first edition. Handsome on the shelf too!
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