The Thames

MENPES, Mortimer (illustrator). Geraldine Edith MITTON (text). The Thames.

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MENPES, Mortimer (illustrator). Geraldine Edith MITTON (text). The Thames. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1906.

Large 8vo., original light grey-blue cloth strikingly blocked in forest green, aqua, and white to spine and upper cover, to an Art Nouveau design involving swans and London landmarks, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. xii + 248 + [ii] adverts.; with a total of 55 coloured plates protected by captioned tissue-guards and 20 full colour chapter-headings, together with a pull-out map of the Thames tipped in to the rear; a remarkably fresh and attractive copy with a neat gilt roundel stamp, "Brentwood, Southport", to the lower board; internally fresh and unspotted throughout, save the usual offset-toning to free endpapers at front and rear, and with a small and neat ownership inscription, dated 1910, to front free endpaper.
First edition, one of only 3000 copies. This volume was the first, and only, volume in the series to introduce pictorial chapter-headings in full colour, alongside the text. Despite the successful and eye-catching results the process proved laborious and expensive. An earlier version of the text, written by Menpes' daughter, Dorothy, was rejected for being of an 'inadequate quality'. Inman 80.