OMOND, G.W.T. and A. FORESTIER, A. [illustrator]. Belgium. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1908.
8vo. Original black cloth with a heraldic design printed in yellow with yellow and orange borders, spine printed in yellow and orange and blocked in gilt; 77 colour-plate illustrations, captioned on the tissue guards, pull out map at the end of the volume; the binding unusually fresh and with well-defined edges and corners, browning to endpapers, as usual and with light offsetting to adjacent leaves; ownership inscription, dated 1917, in front fly-leaf.
Later printing of the first edition. Reprinted several times up until 1918, the shield on the title page is black in the first issue and red in all that follow, as in this copy. At the end of this copy is an intersting A & C Black catalogue.
‘A & C Black’s Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates – up to 100 per volume – were made available to the public at an affordable price.’ (Inman)