A RECORD OF THE BLACK PRINCE Publication Date: 1849
A RECORD OF THE BLACK PRINCE HUMPHREYS, HENRY NOEL Published by Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, London, 1849 Black papier Mache pierced covers over crimson parchment back ground, gilt dentelles. Embossed black leather spine. With title debossed in blind, a.e.g., marbled ep's and pastedowns. VBD: p.104 . one of the most successful of all the gift or table books of this period . 1000 copies were printed. Printed by Vizetelly Brothers and Co., (vi), xcv, ii descriptive Index, (i) adverts. of Humphreys Illuminated works, printed black letter throughout, headings printed red, 4 full-page and 2 text fine chromolithographed illustrations from different Mss of the period, heightened with gold, text wood engravings in black or carmine. Black heavily profiled carton pierre covers over red parchment ground, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Although 1000 copies were printed, copies surviving like this are now rare. Originally issued in a red card slip case, this is one of the Humphreys books which appears to have been printed on paper which resists foxing. One thousand copies were printed. p.133 illus. an opening with wood engravings. VPBB p.57 full-size. Jervis 41 Ball pp. 144, 149. But see especially Howard Leathleans researches and publications on Humphreys. Octavo. xciv, , ii [index], [2, ads] pp. Humphrey's Finest Production HUMPHREYS, Henry Noel. "A Record of the Black Prince. Being a selection of such passages in his life as have been most quaintly and strikingly narrated by chroniclers of the period, embellished with highly wrought miniatures and borderings selected from various illuminated mss., referring to events connected with English history". Mild foxing. A very good copy with original spine intact. "In order to give as much as possible of the original 'old book' charm to these passages from the chroniclers, they have been carefully printed, with suitable 'Rubrics,' in black letter, from old type that appears to have been actually used by . the celebrated Caxton . A massive carved binding has been added, in order that the volume may convey, as completely as possible, the impression of one of those richly embellished books of chronicles that form the gems of some of our greatest public and private libraries." (Preface). "The carved cover is taken from one of the compartments of the prince's tomb at Canterbury, slightly altered for its present purpose" [p. ii at end] and bears the coat of arms of the Black prince. The papier mache binding patented by Jackson & Sons consisted of papier mache, plaster upon a metal frame work and only eight works were bound in such fashion. Humphreys gathered his material from Froissart a n d other sources on this biography of Edward of Woodstock, The Black Prince (1330-1376). Barnard Castle on the Durham side of the River Tees is the `capital' of Teesdale and is one of the most attractive and most historic towns in the North. Known affectionately to locals as `Barney', the town owes its origins to one Bernard Baliol who built a castle here in the twelfth century. Bernard's family were of Norman origin and of high influence. His father Guy De Baliol was the Lord of Verney, Dampierre, Harcourt and Bailleul and Baron of Teesdale, Gainford, Stokesley and Bywell on the Tyne. Descendants of Bernard included Edward and John Baliol, kings of Scotland and John Baliol, founder of Balliol College, Oxford. Today Bernard's Castle is a ruin, but a very pretty ruin situated on a high bank.