Edinburgh and London: Gall & Inglis, circa 1884. Octavo, original full blue cloth elaborately blocked in gilt, black and blind with decorative fern design, beveled boards, cream coated endpapers, all edges gilt. Color frontispiece and seven full-page wood engravings. Ink prize gift inscription dated 1884 to verso of front fly leaf. Hinges starting, spine gently toned, tiny stray mark to lower board.
Lovely Victorian gift edition of Boy-Princes, first published in 1857. Mixing the reverent and the macabre in the Victorian manner, Edgar offers a collection of biographies of royals who died young: “the lives of more than twenty princes -- from the grandsons of William the Conqueror to the son of the first Napoleon -- who all perished in the spring of their existence.” Edinburgh-based publishers Gall & Inglis specialized in gift books for young readers; inexpensive yet ornate, these striking volumes were especially popular as school prizes. A bright copy in publisher’s gilt binding.