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SOLD - Vintage book RARE VELVET gold "Gray's Elegy" or Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray, various famed illustrators 1884

SOLD - Vintage book RARE VELVET gold "Gray's Elegy" or Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray, various famed illustrators 1884

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

This one actually has a funny story (provenance) behind it: I found this twice in the same shop, in a matter of three visits. The first time I found it, before it was bought by someone else, I passed on it thinking I would get more books for the money I would spend rather than one book for the same amount of money, however gorgeous it was. But I couldn't stop thinking about it every so often, so I went back, and it was gone. I knew it had been sold and I kicked myself for not getting it the first time. The third time I went into the shop it was much later to casually look around, and there it was right where it had been before! Not sure how this magically happened (lol, I don't think it was returned so I'm guessing the owner changes what they put out for stock regularly) but I think this book was meant for my shop because well, why not? :)

Gray's Elegy is a famous poem made into an illustrated book in this edition, so that you feel you are reading something much longer and you spend more time thinking over the verses and images (both made by word and by hand). The poem's plot I won't give away but you can get only just a bit of an idea from the title. And that's all the start you need for this one -- you can dive in and the rhyme scheme and eloquent writing style and such carry you away from page one.

One really cool bit is that the title of Far from the Madding Crowd was taken from a line of this poem! It is:

"Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way."

It makes more sense in context, haha.

Here are some of my favorite verses:

--"Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth,
And Melancholy mark'd him for her own."

--"Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air."

--"The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike th' inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave. "

Let me repeat that: "The paths of glory lead but to the grave."

How does that not move you? So wise and full of meaning, and it's just one line of the hundreds in this special victorian style golden soft velvet book.

My absolute favorite if I had to pick, though, would be this bit:

--"Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd,
Or wak'd to ecstasy the living lyre."

Isn't that image just divine?

And here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full title: Gray's Elegy: Elegy written in a Country Churchyard
-Author: Thomas Gray
-Illustrators: Birket Foster, W L Sheppard, W L Taylor, Francis Miller "And Others"
-Format: Hardcover, special illustrated edition in black and white ink with various famous artists included (listed above plus the ambiguous "others") with golden velvet cover and cloth bound, rounded edges with shining gold page ends, glimmering off-white endpapers with intriguing, detailed design you can't see unless you angle the book a certain way, bright blue reinforced creases between front endpapers and back endpapers to secure the book and make it readable, no title or author or insignia on front or spine or back, making the book especially mysterious :)
-Condition: Near mint! Aside from the royal blue strip of bookbinding tape at the front first page and the back last page, there is no sign of significant wear or tear, just hints of use on the edges as all vintage books show, the most being on the right bottom front corner, which is fantastic considering the fabric it is covered in, as you'd think it would be stained and ripped and in awful shape by now but not at all! Previous owner inscribed (in that characteristic beautiful script of the time) "Harriet H Augee"
and underneath "from E M D" then, in pencil this time underneath that, it says oddly "From May Dyer" hinting it was given again to someone else! Bizarre, I wish I knew the situation and who these people were.
-Publisher: Estes and Lauriat: Boston
-Copyright: 1883 Estes and Lauriat
-Date published: 1884
-Provenance: I've described all the provenance above!
-Pricing: This book's priced is based off of its rarity (I've been able to find at this point only one other copy) and the lasting world-over popularity of not only the poem itself but the poet. Additionally, as vintage velvet books are hard to come by especially in this condition, the book is worth more than others.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

This one actually has a funny story (provenance) behind it: I found this twice in the same shop, in a matter of three visits. The first time I found it, before it was bought by someone else, I passed on it thinking I would get more books for the money I would spend rather than one book for the same amount of money, however gorgeous it was. But I couldn't stop thinking about it every so often, so I went back, and it was gone. I knew it had been sold and I kicked myself for not getting it the first time. The third time I went into the shop it was much later to casually look around, and there it was right where it had been before! Not sure how this magically happened (lol, I don't think it was returned so I'm guessing the owner changes what they put out for stock regularly) but I think this book was meant for my shop because well, why not? :)

Gray's Elegy is a famous poem made into an illustrated book in this edition, so that you feel you are reading something much longer and you spend more time thinking over the verses and images (both made by word and by hand). The poem's plot I won't give away but you can get only just a bit of an idea from the title. And that's all the start you need for this one -- you can dive in and the rhyme scheme and eloquent writing style and such carry you away from page one.

One really cool bit is that the title of Far from the Madding Crowd was taken from a line of this poem! It is:

"Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way."

It makes more sense in context, haha.

Here are some of my favorite verses:

--"Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth,
And Melancholy mark'd him for her own."

--"Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air."

--"The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike th' inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave. "

Let me repeat that: "The paths of glory lead but to the grave."

How does that not move you? So wise and full of meaning, and it's just one line of the hundreds in this special victorian style golden soft velvet book.

My absolute favorite if I had to pick, though, would be this bit:

--"Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd,
Or wak'd to ecstasy the living lyre."

Isn't that image just divine?

And here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full title: Gray's Elegy: Elegy written in a Country Churchyard
-Author: Thomas Gray
-Illustrators: Birket Foster, W L Sheppard, W L Taylor, Francis Miller "And Others"
-Format: Hardcover, special illustrated edition in black and white ink with various famous artists included (listed above plus the ambiguous "others") with golden velvet cover and cloth bound, rounded edges with shining gold page ends, glimmering off-white endpapers with intriguing, detailed design you can't see unless you angle the book a certain way, bright blue reinforced creases between front endpapers and back endpapers to secure the book and make it readable, no title or author or insignia on front or spine or back, making the book especially mysterious :)
-Condition: Near mint! Aside from the royal blue strip of bookbinding tape at the front first page and the back last page, there is no sign of significant wear or tear, just hints of use on the edges as all vintage books show, the most being on the right bottom front corner, which is fantastic considering the fabric it is covered in, as you'd think it would be stained and ripped and in awful shape by now but not at all! Previous owner inscribed (in that characteristic beautiful script of the time) "Harriet H Augee"
and underneath "from E M D" then, in pencil this time underneath that, it says oddly "From May Dyer" hinting it was given again to someone else! Bizarre, I wish I knew the situation and who these people were.
-Publisher: Estes and Lauriat: Boston
-Copyright: 1883 Estes and Lauriat
-Date published: 1884
-Provenance: I've described all the provenance above!
-Pricing: This book's priced is based off of its rarity (I've been able to find at this point only one other copy) and the lasting world-over popularity of not only the poem itself but the poet. Additionally, as vintage velvet books are hard to come by especially in this condition, the book is worth more than others.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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