Published in 1925 in Warne’s Baby Animal Book, a collection of eight original full colour illustrations by G. D. Rowlandson. George Derville Rowlandson (1861-1928) was a British artist best known for his iconic hunting scenes and animal studies. He was born in India in 1861 and studied art in Gloucester, Westminster and Paris.

1838: The Holy Bible

Concealed under the gilt fore-edges of the two volumes are beautifully executed paintings by Martin Frost. The fore-edge painting on the first volume, which contains the Old Testament, depicts the Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest. Built in the Moorish Revival style in the nineteenth century, it is the largest synagogue in Europe and equal to the great churches of the period. The painting on the fore-edge of the second volume, containing the New Testament, is a view of historic Westminster Abbey in London, the coronation church of the British monarchy since 1066.