The Story of Merlin and Vivien gathered from British and Breton Chronicles and Poems, and Modern Versions of the Old Legends. [Bound together with] The Legend of Enid and Geraint, retold from Ancient Welsh, Norman, German, and Scandinavian Legends, and Modern Poetic Versions
London, Moxon, [late 1860s?].
Large quarto, [vi], -110 and [vi], -216 pages with 9 full-page engravings by Gustav Dore in each part.
Contemporary padded full morocco with gilt-decorated raised bands and decorations on the spine, single gilt rules with trefoil corner pieces on both covers and extensive gilt tooling on the turnovers, with thick dark green endpapers decorated with a gilt floral pattern; extremities slightly rubbed; essentially a fine copy in a fine colonial binding (the binder's ticket of E.S. Wigg and Son, Adelaide, is on the rear pastedown).
The book has the gilt initials F.D.H. (Frances Diana Hope, 1860-1948) on the front cover, and the gilt-tooled and -lettered leather label on the pastedown: 'Presented by the / Clare Reading Circle / 1896'. Frances Hope was the first-born child of John Hope, who settled in the Clare district in 1846. The Hope family's association with the historic property known as 'Wolta Wolta' ended recently after 160 years.