Edinburgh and London: Gall & Inglis, circa 1870. Octavo, original full red cloth elaborately blocked in gilt, black and blind with Gothic framing design, beveled boards, pale yellow endpapers, all edges gilt. Color frontispiece and seven full-page wood engravings throughout text. Ink school prize inscription to front free endpaper, bookseller ticket to front pastedown.
Lovely Victorian gift edition of this tale of “two striplings” of the Seventh Crusade, led by Louis IX, in the thirteenth century: “Ere you had named Acre and Jerusalem, my imagination had carried me to the palace of the caliph of Bagdad.” 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.