Cloth binding for The Prince’s Progress, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1866. 7 x 4½ inches. This exquisite binding is perhaps the most pleasing of Rossetti’s designs. Its composition recalls the metal hinge-fittings of a medieval door – which opens into Christina’s fantastical poem of courtly love, delay, and loss. Of all his designs, this cover is nearest to the neo-medieval aesthetics of Pre-Raphaelite painting. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Rossetti, Christina. The Prince’s Progress. London: Macmillan, 1866.

Created 15 March 2020