HENRY NOEL HUMPHREYS – PARABLES OF OUR LORD
Stock Number: 85037/115
Longman & Co
Parables of our Lord is Humphreys‘ first printed illuminated book in a papier-mâché binding. The publisher recorded that 2,000 copies of Parables were printed in 1847, of which 1,000 were sold to D. Appleton in New York with a changed title page. Longman’s printed a second edition in the same year. Each of the four corners has a wreath containing the head of an angel, a lion, an eagle or an ox, representing Gospel authors Matthew, Mark, John and Luke. Stylized oak leaves occupy the top and bottom central rectangles. The central figure is a sower within a wreath around which two ribbons are wrapped on a staff. “Scripture Parables” appears on the ribbons in raised Gothic letters. In addition to his illuminated works, Humphreys produced at least fifteen books on subjects from entomology to numismatics during the 1840s.