Russell, W. H. ,
THE BRITISH EXPEDITION TO THE CRIMEA
London, G. Routledge & Co., 1858. First edition thus. 8vo. (6), 629pp. Engraved
frontispiece of the author. Illustrated with maps and plans, including six folding maps in
the text and four separate maps in a separate portfolio.
Contemporary half calf, spine gilt with a red lettering label, marbled paper boards and end
papers. The portfolio is modern, leather spine, morocco lettering label, gilt, and marbled
paper sides. The text binding exhibits wear and a light cracking to the hinges, though they
are firm; wear to edges and spine, but still in very good condition., The text block is fine.
The separate maps are near fine showing only minor signs of age but no tears or defects
This is essentially the first edition of Russell's masterwork, though the title page is
confusingly marked 'revised'. Russell earlier (1856) published his Crimean War despatches.
Now he has edited, amended and augmented them for this title.
The four separate maps are usually found in a pocket in the rear of the main text. In this
case, however, the contemporary binder made no provision for
the pocket and left them loose. We have provided a portfolio
made to style to protect them and keep them together.
GRAIL FIELD NOTES
Easthampton, MA, Rumor Press, 1995. Limited edition Microminiature. 1/2 by 5/6 inch. Unpaginated. Printed from
engraving plates on handmade Twinrocker paper. Purple leather, 2 raised bands, a cross tooled onto the upper board in gilt.
Bound by Kim O'Donnell.
One of 50 copies of which this is number 2. Housed in a cloth covered clamshell case
with a special niche to fit the book. The case
is 2½ by 3 inches.
The text is an Arthurian essay, written as
though King Arthur were offering counsel to
one choosing to quest.
A fine copy in a fine case, and with two
copies of the publisher's prospectus laid in.