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  • Seller image for Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero. With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author. for sale by Peter Harrington.  ABA/ ILAB.

    COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - THACKERAY, William Makepeace.

    Published by London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848, 1848

    Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB., London, United Kingdom

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    First edition in book form, in a splendid Cosway-style binding with an oval miniature portrait of Thackeray set into the front doublure, after Samuel Lawrence. Cosway bindings, in which beautiful miniature paintings are inset into fine leather bindings, originated in the first decade of the 20th century at the instigation of J. H. Stonehouse, managing director of Sotheran's. The style was soon imitated by Bayntun-Rivière, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and other English craft binders, and examples have long been sought after by collectors. The novel, published in serial form from 1847 to 1848 and afterwards in book form, proved a genuine popular success, and the sheets were reprinted multiple times. This copy has the first state title page, the other traditional points generally indicating corrected printings. "Modern editions of this classic novel almost invariably omit Thackeray's vignettes and often give only a selection from his etchings. The reader is deprived thereby not only of much amusement but also of important clues to the meaning of the story" (Ray, p. 75). Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914, 122; Wolff 6699. Octavo (218 x 132 mm). Mid 20th-century green morocco for Charles J. Sawyer, spine with raised bands, floral gilt decoration with red morocco Lancashire rose onlays in compartments and to covers, board edges ruled in gilt, red morocco doublures with elaborate gilt borders and light blue morocco onlays, front doublure in Cosway-style with central oval miniature portrait of Thackeray, under glass and framed in brass, watered silk endpapers, edges gilt. Housed in a custom green cloth solander box. Etched frontispiece, vignette title page, and 38 plates, wood-engraved vignettes and initials in the text, all after Thackeray. With Charles J. Sawyer's advertisement loosely inserted. A near-fine copy, elaborately bound, faint foxing and occasional offsetting to contents, otherwise clean.

  • Seller image for NAPOLEON'S MEMOIRS for sale by Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)

    (BINDINGS - COSWAY-STYLE). (GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS). BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON

    Published by Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham St. Lawrence, 1945

    Seller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA), McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.

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    No. 412 OF 500 NUMBERED COPIES. 317 x 190 mm. (12 1/2 x 7 1/2"). 422, [2]; 78, [2] pp. Two volumes bound in one. Translated and edited by Somerset de Chair. HANDSOME RED MOROCCO BY BAYNTUN (RIVIERE) (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in), covers with double gilt rule surrounding a field of alternating gilt tools (a bee, and the letter "N" encircled by a wreath), upper board with inset WATERCOLOR OVAL PORTRAIT OF NAPOLEON, with two flags, a gun, and a saber outlined in gilt appearing to cross behind it, lower cover with large gilt armorial device, raised bands, compartments ruled in gilt with bee or "N" tool at the center, gilt lettering, thick turn-ins with gilt rules and decorative cornerpieces, blue watered silk endleaves, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, original map endpapers bound in. Volume I with a frontispiece portrait of Napoleon, volume II with a black and white photograph of a modern sculpture of the general, title page of each volume with a woodcut design of an eagle clutching a flag among other accoutrements of war. Title page of volume one SIGNED BY THE EDITOR in ink. Chanticleer 167; Cave & Manson 167. âSmall nick to head of spine and some minor damage along the tail, two small stains and a couple of dings to covers, but still a beautiful binding in very pleasing condition. Small repair to edge of one of the map endpapers, one or two isolated trivial smudges elsewhere, but the contents nearly pristine. This is a finely bound copy of an innovative version of the memoirs that were based on conversations between Napoleon and Emmanuel-Augustin-Dieudonné-Joseph, Comte de Las Cases (1766-1842). The count accompanied the defeated emperor into exile on Saint Helena as an informal secretary, took a great many notes about Napoleon's life, inserted his own impressions, colored his account to the point of (favorable) misrepresentation, and published the work as the celebrated "Mémorial de Ste. Hélène," from which he made a substantial amount of money. Our translator and editor Somerset de Chair has turned the text into a first-person narrative and rearranged the pieces so that events are recalled in chronological order. The first volume covers the general's career from Corsica to Marengo, and the second is devoted to Waterloo. The so-called "Cosway" binding, featuring handsome morocco inset with one or more painted miniatures, apparently originated with the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran about 1909. It was in that year that G. C. Williamson's book entitled "Richard Cosway" (dealing with the British miniature painter of that name, 1742-1821) was remaindered by Sotheran and presumably given this special decorative treatment. The name "Cosway" was then used to describe any book so treated, whoever its author. Other prominent binderies, chiefly Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Bayntun, produced their own versions of the popular style. The Bayntun firm, founded in Bath in 1894, is now the last of the great Victorian trade binderies still in family ownership. Among the great English workshops of the Edwardian "golden age" of lavish bindings, Bayntun has the distinction of being the only one located outside London's West End to be sought after by bibliophiles. In 1939, Bayntun took over the esteemed Riviere firm, founded in 1829. The oval portrait on the present work is especially pleasing because it communicates something of Napoleon's character: he appears smug and in control, yet expressing some of the famous charisma that contributed to his success. The miniature bears the monogram "WMB," quite likely the initials of William Mineard Bennet (1778-1858), a painter and miniaturist who studied under Thomas Lawrence. According to Benezit, he went to Paris in 1835 "where he was extremely well received, enjoying the patronage of both the Duke de Berry and King Louis-Philippe.".

  • LUDWIG (Emil)

    Published by Boni & Liveright, New York, 1926

    Seller: George Bayntun ABA ILAB PBFA, Bath, United Kingdom

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul. 21 plates. First Edition. 8vo. [235 x 155 x 52 mm]. xii, [ii], 707 pp. Bound c.2000 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Asprey in "Cosway-style" of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a triple fillet border with chain rolls, bees and "N" within a laurel wreath, at the centre of the front cover an inlaid miniature portrait of Napoleon painted on ivorene framed with gilt emblematic tools. The spine divided into six panels with raised bands and gilt compartments, lettered in the second and third, the others with emblematic centres and volutes in the corners, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, Cockerell marbled endleaves, gilt edges. Contained in a quarter red goatskin drop-over box with red cloth sides, the spine with raised bands and tooled in gilt to reproduce the book. New York: Boni & Liveright.

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    Lamb, Charles

    Published by William Paterson, Edinburgh, 1885

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    Extra-illustrated. 2 vols. 4to. Extra-illustrated. 2 vols. 4to. The miniature portraits are of Charles Lamb in Volume One, and of Mary Lamb in Volume Two (Last Essays). Blue morocco, gilt, with Cosway style miniature on the front pastedown of each volume, "designed and bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London".

  • Seller image for MADAME RÉCAMIER AND HER FRIENDS for sale by Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)

    (BINDINGS - COSWAY-STYLE). (EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED BOOKS). (RÉCAMIER, JULIETTE). WILLIAMS, H. NOEL

    Published by Harper & Brothers, London and New York, 1906

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    New and Revised Edition. 212 x 138 mm. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2"). xi, [1], 349, [1] pp. VERY PRETTY DARK BLUE CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, BY BAYNTUN (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with elegant Art Nouveau-style gilt frame, UPPER COVER WITH INSET 19TH CENTURY OVAL MINIATURE PORTRAIT of Madame Récamier (signed "Renoir" in the background) under glass, raised bands, spine compartments with gilt frames matching those on covers, gilt lettering, taupe watered silk endleaves, all edges gilt. In a blue buckram clamshell box. With color frontispiece portrait, as called for, and EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 16 PLATES, six of these in color, all with tissue guards. âIsolated faint spots of foxing, but a splendid copy, clean, fresh, and bright internally, in a binding that looks like new. This account of the great French beauty and the distinguished literary and political figures who populated her lively salon is elegantly bound in the Cosway style, with a beautifully rendered miniature based on the most famous portrait of Récamier gracing its front cover. The "Cosway" binding, with painted miniatures inlaid in handsome morocco, apparently originated with the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran about 1909, the year G. C. Williamson's book entitled "Richard Cosway" was remaindered by Sotheran and presumably given this special decorative treatment in order to promote sales. The name "Cosway"--referring to the British miniature painter, Richard Cosway (1742-1821)--was then used to describe any book so treated, whatever its subject. Miniatures for the earliest Cosway bindings were executed by Miss C. B. Currie, who is known to have worked between 1912-40, usually from designs by J. H. Stonehouse that were executed by the Riviere workshop. Other prominent binderies, chiefly Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Bayntun, began to produce their own versions of the popular style. The Bayntun firm was founded in Bath in 1894 and is now the last of the great Victorian trade binderies still in family ownership. Among the great English workshops of the Edwardian "golden age" of lavish bindings, Bayntun has the distinction of being the only one located outside London's West End to be sought after by bibliophiles. In 1939, Bayntun took over the esteemed Riviere firm, founded in 1829. The portrait here is, unusually, signed. "Renoir" is not the great Impressionist, but a talented 19th century miniaturist who specialized in portraits of figures from the Napoleonic era, some produced in partnership with an artist named Dupré. Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier (1777-1849), known as Juliette, was not only beautiful, but also intelligent, charming, and a gifted hostess whose salon drew luminaries from the arts, literature, and politics. Among her close friends were the famed salonnière Germaine de Staël, the writer François-René de Chateaubriand, and the political activist Benjamin Constant. Portraits of her associates have been added to this work.

  • Seller image for The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. With forty-three illustrations by R. Seymour and Phiz. for sale by Peter Harrington.  ABA/ ILAB.

    COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - DICKENS, Charles.

    Published by London: Chapman and Hall, 1837, 1837

    Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB., London, United Kingdom

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    First edition, in an extremely attractive Cosway-style binding featuring an oval miniature portrait of Dickens aged 27 after the painting by Daniel Maclise. All plates are present and in their early states with page numbers as called for, but with no titles or imprints. Two plates by R. W. Buss were suppressed and the replacement illustrations by H. K. Browne ("Phiz") are present in this copy. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's first novel, transformed the obscure journalist into England's most famous writer within months. The first monthly instalment was issued in an edition of 1,000 copies in April 1836. The work became a publishing sensation after the introduction of Sam Weller in chapter 10, the fourth instalment, issued in July 1836, after which the publishers reprinted the earlier instalments so that readers could catch up. By the time the book publication was issued in November 1837, many textual corrections had been made. Booksellers often list numerous (and confusing) text points that might conceivably apply to a perfect set of Pickwick Papers as originally issued in parts, but all these points could never be found together in the issues in book form. The serial was originally intended to be primarily a vehicle for the cartoons of Robert Seymour, until he died by suicide after the first number was published. Robert William Buss then took over, but he was inexperienced in steel engraving and had to be replaced. The final choice, Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), was to be Dickens's chosen collaborator for the next two decades. Smith I.3. Octavo (210 x 122 mm). Early 20th-century green full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Charles J. Sawyer, spine elaborately gilt in six compartments, covers with gilt borders, front cover with circular red morocco onlay with Dickens's monogram in gilt, gauffered edges gilt, red morocco doublures with elaborate gilt dentelles, front doublure in Cosway-style with central oval miniature portrait of Dickens after Maclise, under glass and framed in brass, watered silk endpapers, gilt-stamped facsimile of Dickens's signature to front free endpaper. Housed in a custom green cloth folding box. Etched vignette title page, frontispiece, 41 plates by Robert Seymour and H. K. Browne. A remarkably clean and fine example with some light foxing to frontispiece and etched vignette title page, as usual, some cockling to paper lining of free endpapers, and bound without half-title.

  • Burns, Robert

    Published by Printed for the Author; Sold by William Creech, Edinburgh, 1787

    Seller: White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

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    Condition: Fine. Beautiful Sangorski & Sutcliffe Cosway style binding, with oval portrait of a young Burns, painted on ivory, serving as a centerpiece of inside front cover. Portrait surrounded by border of gilt leaf repeats, and six jeweled pieces. Boards decorated with 8vo. 21.5 by 13.5 cm. xlviii, 9-368 pp. Expertly rebacked, with virtually no conspicuous evidence of work having been done, and original spine and boards are fully preserved and in fine condition. Full Decorated Morocco. Custom Box, between quarter and half morocco. Custom chemise.

  • Seller image for THE POETICAL WORKS for sale by Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)

    (BINDINGS - COSWAY-STYLE). SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE

    Published by [Printed at the Ballantyne Press for] Reeves & Turner, London, 1892

    Seller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA), McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.

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    188 x 122 mm. (7 3/8 x 4 3/4"). Two volumes. Edited by H. Buxton Forman. PARTICULARLY FINE RED CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT AND ONLAID, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers framed by multiple plain and decorative rolls, cornerpieces with the gilt torch of liberty extending obliquely from an onlaid green morocco heart bracketed by volutes, front boards with central onlaid citron morocco medallion stamped with the poet's gilt monogram, rear boards with onlaid citron morocco pansy surrounded by a gilt collar with the quote "Pansies let my flowers be" (from "Remembrance"); raised bands, spine compartments with onlaid green morocco quatrefoil at center, volutes at corners, volume I with FRONT DOUBLURE OF BROWN MOROCCO semé with rows of alternating quatrefoils and dots, at center A MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF SHELLEY UNDER GLASS framed by a laurel wreath inlaid with four red morocco cinquefoils, navy blue moiré silk endleaves, all edges gilt and delicately gauffered. Housed together in a fleece-lined red cloth drop-back box. Frontispiece in each volume, vignette title pages. Front flyleaves with engraved bookplates of Edward Laurence Doheny and Carrie Estelle Doheny. âA FLAWLESS AND SPARKLING SET. This is the outstanding Doheny copy, in lovely bindings, of a body of literature graced with a lyricism Day asserts is "unmatched elsewhere in English verse in its ethereal, ideal beauty." While the notes of Shelley's wife, appended here, have aroused considerable denigration (she is accused, among other things, of making her husband's verse less political than it actually was), her editorial work is nevertheless professional and has remained an essential source for the study of Shelley's work. As Betty T. Bennett explains, "biographers and critics agree that Mary Shelley's commitment to bring [her husband] the notice she believed his works merited was the single, major force that established Shelley's reputation during a period when he almost certainly would have faded from public view." Thanks to her efforts, Shelley (1792-1822) is one of the best-known English poets and an icon of the Romantic movement. According to DNB, our editor, Henry (Harry) Buxton Forman (1842-1917) "channelled a general enthusiasm into a minute study of textual details, for which his careful and exacting temperament was ideally suited. His patient application produced impressive editions of Shelley," who was, along with Keats, Forman's main literary interest. After studying under and then working for Douglas Cockerell, Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe founded their own bindery in 1901 and continued in a successful partnership until 1912, when Francis tragically drowned. Despite this loss, the firm grew and prospered, employing a staff of 80 by the mid-1920s and becoming perhaps the most successful English bindery of the 20th century. The "Cosway" binding, with painted miniatures inlaid in handsome morocco, apparently originated with the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran about 1909, the year G. C. Williamson's book entitled "Richard Cosway" was remaindered by Sotheran and presumably given this special decorative treatment. The name "Cosway"--referring to the British miniature painter, Richard Cosway (1742-1821)--was then used to describe any book so treated, whoever its author. This set was bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for book dealer J. W. Robinson of Los Angeles, who supplied many books for the superb collection of Estelle Doheny (1875-1958), one of the most distinguished women book collectors of the 20th century, whose magnificent library was especially rich in fine bindings. Volumes from her collection are sought after for their especially fine condition. Third Edition with the Notes of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

  • Seller image for THE STORY OF NELL GWYN AND THE SAYINGS OF CHARLES II for sale by Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)

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    270 x 173 mm. (10 3/4 x 6 3/4"). One volume expanded to two. SUPERB SCARLET CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers bordered by dogtooth roll, gilt fillets, and dot-and-dash fillet, central panel with delicate frame featuring side accents of foliate tools with inlaid dark green morocco heart at center, Charles II's interlocked Cs monogram and crown at corners, Nell Gwyn's monogram at center within an oval frame, raised bands, spine compartments with leafy frame enclosing centerpiece of interlocked Cs or a crown, gilt titling, DARK GREEN MOROCCO DOUBLURES framed by scarlet morocco and tooled in gilt, FRONT DOUBLURES WITH recessed panel at center containing a MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF NELL (vol. II) OR CHARLES (vol. I) under glass, within a brass frame, light blue watered silk endleaves, all edges gilt (vol. II with front free endleaf reattached; tail of one joint with small bump neatly repaired). EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 130 ENGRAVED PLATES (two of these hand-colored, two folding), almost all of them portraits, but a couple tableaux from plays and one folding view of Westminster Hall, and WITH AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM KING CHARLES II, in French, dated 16 January 1677, sending New Year's greetings to an unnamed cousin. Volume I with a 12-leaf 18th century edition of Samuel Butler's "The Court Burlesqu'd" mounted in frames and bound in at rear. Front flyleaves with engraved armorial bookplate of George Drummond. âVery top of front joint of volume I with just a hint of wear, bottom of rear joint of same volume with a small bulge (perhaps from being bumped), the verso of a few plates with foxing, occasional minor offsetting from engravings, but A VERY HANDSOME SET, internally clean and fresh, and in gleaming luxury bindings. This is a privately printed and extensively extra-illustrated copy of the biography of Eleanor ("Nell") Gwyn, offered here in a lovely Cosway-style binding by one of the great Edwardian binderies. The "Cosway" binding, with painted miniatures inlaid in handsome morocco, apparently originated with the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran about 1909, the year G. C. Williamson's book entitled "Richard Cosway" was remaindered by Sotheran and presumably given this special decorative treatment in order to promote sales. The name "Cosway"--referring to the British miniature painter, Richard Cosway (1742-1821)--was then used to describe any book so treated, whatever its subject. Miniatures for the earliest Cosway bindings were executed by Miss C. B. Currie, who is known to have worked between 1912-40, usually from designs by J. H. Stonehouse. This example is the work of Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe, who trained with Douglas Cockerell before founding their own bindery in 1901. They continued in a successful partnership until 1912, when Francis drowned. Despite this loss, the firm grew and prospered, employing a staff of 80 by the mid-1920s and becoming perhaps the most successful English bindery of the 20th century. A one-time orange-seller who became the most famous of the king's mistresses, Gwyn (1650-87) was a successful comedienne who charmed all she met (or at least all the men). Pepys called her "pretty, witty Nell," and the Comte de Gramonte relates an anecdote in his memoirs that captures this wit: "Nell Gwynn was one day passing through the streets of Oxford, in her coach, when the mob mistaking her for her rival, the Duchess of Portsmouth [the Catholic Louise de Kérouaille], commenced hooting and loading her with every opprobrious epithet. Putting her head out of the coach window, 'Good people,' she said, smiling, 'you are mistaken; I am the Protestant whore.'" Pepys and Portsmouth are among the famous faces that grace the added plates here, along with many others from politics, the aristocracy, and the arts. Gwyn meant so much to the king that he is reported to have said on his deathbed, "Let not poor Nelly starve"; his brother James II respected this wish, giving her a generous pension. She died of apoplexy only two years after the king. This account originally appeared in "The Gentleman's Magazine" in 1851 and then was published for the first time in book form by Bradbury & Evans in 1852.

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    BURNS, ROBERT. (BINDINGS - COSWAY-STYLE)

    Published by Printed for the Author, and Sold by William Creech, Edinburgh, 1787

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    First Edinburgh Edition. 210 x 123 mm. (8 1/4 x 4 3/4"). xlviii, 3[9]-68 pp. Without the half title but with the list of subscribers. ELEGANT EMERALD GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT AND ONLAID, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on rear doublure), covers framed by floral chain roll between two sets of gilt fillets, central panel with lobed fillet frame, oblique thistle tools at corners, upper cover with central medallion of lavender morocco with Burns' monogram in gilt, this surrounded by a wreath of gilt thistles with onlaid lavender morocco blooms, raised bands, spine compartments with French fillet frame, triad of onlaid purple morocco thistle blossoms at center, leafy fronds at corners, gilt lettering, RUSSET BROWN MOROCCO DOUBLURES framed by green morocco with ribbon roll border and quotes from "To a Mouse" and "Auld Lang Syne" lettered in gothic majuscules, at center of front doublure AN EXTREMELY FINE OVAL MINIATURE PAINTED ON IVORINE AND INSET UNDER GLASS IN A RECESSED COMPARTMENT, THIS SURROUNDED BY A LAUREL WREATH SET WITH TWO YELLOW TOPAZ AND TWO AMETHYSTS, apricot moiré silk free endleaves, all edges gilt. In a later very fine green morocco-backed clamshell box by Zaehnsdorf. With frontispiece portrait engraved aby John Beugo after a portrait painted for this edition by Alexander Nasmyth, with tissue guard. Verso of front free endpaper with morocco bookplate of Paul Edward Chevalier. Gibson, p. 5; Rothschild 556. âText lightly washed and pressed (in keeping with the bibliophilic fashion at the time of binding), but the leaves still fresh as well as remarkably clean; A FINE COPY IN A GLITTERING BINDING WITH NO SIGNS OF WEAR. This is an exquisitely bound copy of the second printing (after the extremely rare Kilmarnock first edition of 1786) of one of the most famous poetic publications in history. Burns issued the poems at the age of 27 in order to raise passage money for a voyage to Jamaica, where he had been offered an agricultural post on a plantation. At a time when his contemporaries were searching for the "natural bard" and, in the process, had unearthed poetical threshers, poetical milk maidens, poetical cobblers, and more, the charming plowman Burns delivered his simple and beautiful lyrics with most propitious timing. He found himself famous almost at once, and his fame has not faltered over time, even though, after the appearance of the present work, he did little during the rest of his life except write songs and drink. The so-called "Cosway" binding, featuring handsome morocco inset with one or more painted miniatures, apparently originated with the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran about 1909. It was in that year that G. C. Williamson's book entitled "Richard Cosway" (dealing with the British miniature painter of that name, 1742-1821) was remaindered by Sotheran and presumably given this special decorative treatment to encourage sales. The name "Cosway" was then used to describe any book so treated, whoever its author. Although the artist of our miniature is unidentified, the work here is remarkably well done and clearly inspired by the engraved portrait of Burns in the book. The quality of the painting suggests that it could possibly have been done by Caroline Billin Currie, best known for her role in producing Cosway bindings of the sort seen here. Collaborating mostly with Riviere, she produced about 1,000 such bindings by the time she died in 1940. The present example is the work of Riviere's great rival. Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe trained with Douglas Cockerell before founding their own bindery in 1901. They continued in a successful partnership until 1912, when Francis drowned. Despite this loss, the firm grew and prospered, employing a staff of 80 by the mid-1920s and becoming perhaps the most successful English bindery of the 20th century. Though our binding dates from the first quarter of the 20th century, its extraordinarily fine condition could easily lead one to believe that it is brand new. It should be no surprise that this beautiful volume has an illustrious provenance: it comes from the collection of 20th century English bindings put together by Paul Chevalier, whose library of beautiful volumes was uniformly characterized by outstanding workmanship and superb condition. The sale of his books at Christie's in 1990 represented one of the best collections of British bindings brought to auction in the past half century (this was lot #81, which sold for $3,300 all in).

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    A Superb Early Sangorski & Sutcliffe Cosway-Style Binding COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Given from his own editions and other authentic sources. Collated with many manuscripts and with all editions of authority together with his prefaces and notes his poetical translations and fragments and an appendix of Juvenalia. Edited by H. Buxton Forman. Second edition with the notes of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In two volumes. London: Reeves & Turner, 1886. Two octavo volumes (7 1/4 x 4 11/16 inches; 184 x 119 mm.). 572; 580 pp. A spectacular ca. 1920 Cosway-Style binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for the J.L. Hudson Company (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in). Full red crushed levant morocco over beveled boards, covers lavishly gilt in the Art Nouveau style, with inlaid green and light brown morocco inlays. The first volume with a central green morocco medallion with Percy Byshhe Shelley's initials in gilt. The second volume with a central green morocco medallion with the phrase "Pansies/Let My Flowers Be" stamped in gilt. Spines with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, four of which have onlaid green morocco flowers. Double gilt-ruled board edges and elaborate gilt turn-ins, dark blue watered silk liners and endleaves, all edges gilt and gauffered. The first volume with a front doublure of dark blue crushed levant morocco, multi-ruled in gilt. In the center is a superb gilt framed, hand-painted portrait miniature (3 x 2 3/8 inches; 76 x 60 mm.) of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The miniature is surrounded by a rectangular recessed frame with eight onlaid red morocco flowers and twenty-four onlaid beige morocco leaves. The front and back joints of both volumes have been expertly and almost invisibly repaired. A wonderful early Sangorski & Sutcliffe Cosway-style binding. The miniature is of exceptional quality and is quite possibly the work of Miss C.B. Currie. Housed in a custom-made, felt lined half red morocco (with a red felt divider) clamshell case, two spines paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments. The J. L. Hudson Company (commonly known simply as Hudson's) was a retail department store chain based in Detroit, Michigan. Hudson's flagship store, on Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit was constructed beginning in 1911, with additions throughout the years, before being 'completed' in 1946. The building was named after the company's founder Joseph Lowthian Hudson, and was demolished on October 24, 1998. In 1961 it was the tallest department store in the world, and, at one time, claimed to be the second-largest department store, after Macy's, in the United States, by square footage. The Grand River Avenue Book Shop was on the Mezzanine floor.

  • Published by Edinburgh: William Creech,, 1787

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    Hardcover. Condition: As New. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Edinburgh: printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787. 8vo. Half-title. Engraved portrait after A. Nasmyth. A First issue of the first Edinburgh edition (distinguished by the misprint " duke of boxburgh '' in the list of subscribers, and also the misprint " stinking " on page 263); the pretty stipple portrait by Beugo after Nasmyth with small lower marginal loss. Sumptuously bound in purple levant morocco super extra, with green morocco doublures and silk fly- leaves ; the sides tooled with gilt daisies, little flower sprays, grass-blades, etc., the daisies being inlaid in white and yellow leathers ; in the centre of the front cover appears burns' monogram surrounded with a line of his verses " to a mountain daisy," the back cover having an inlaid cluster of thistles with another verse of the poet's ; the back is very richly decorated with inlaid and gilt sprays on a background of gold dots, and the levant doublures with choicely gilt borders containing favourite lines from burns, the front doublure having in addition a charming hand-painted miniature set in a gold frame within a old-tooled and jewelled oval containing six jewels (rubies or amethysts). In a green cloth slipcase. Cosway? Exlibris: Permelia (Hogg) Albertson.

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    COSWAY-STYLE JEWELED BINDING; SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders; BURNS, Robert

    Published by Edinburgh: Printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787, 1787

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    "Should old acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind Should old acquaintance be forgot And days of auld lang syne" First Edinburgh Edition, First Issue of Robert Burns "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" A Stunning Cosway-Style Jeweled Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe [COSWAY-STYLE JEWELED BINDING]. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. BURNS, Robert. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, and sold by William Creech, 1787. Second (first Edinburgh) edition (first published in Kilmarnock in 1786). First issue, with "Roxburgh" misprinted "Boxburgh" on p. xxxvii in the list of subscribers and "skinking" (meaning watery) instead of the later issues which were misprinted as "stinking on p. 263, line 13. Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 inches; 212 x 127 mm.). xlviii, [9]-368 pp. Complete with half-title and engraved frontispiece by John Buego after Alexander Nasmyth, with tissue guard. The contents occasionally foxed with a few faint marks, discreet professional repairs to small closed tears at fore-edge of A1, 2Y2, and 2Y3. Some marking to the "e" of "Poems" on page 9. Tiny hole to fore-edge margin of Ll1. A near fine crisp and wide-margined copy. A spectacular Cosway-Style binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe ca. 1925 (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in). Full purple crushed levant morocco over beveled boards, both covers triple-ruled in gilt and elaborately tooled in gilt with flower and leaf tools, the twenty-four larger flowers (on each cover) with cream and yellow morocco onlays. Large circular device in the center with, on the front, Burns's monogram surrounded by the Poet's quote "Wee, Modest, Crimson Tipped Flow'r, Thou's Met Me In An Evil Hour", and on the rear cover a cluster of thistles with green and mauve morocco onlays, surrounded by the Poet's quote "He Rules 'Mid Winter Snows & When, Bees Fill Their Hives". Spine with five raised bands, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Five of the compartments further decorated with large leaf sprays, each with nine onlaid light violet flowers. Double-ruled gilt board edges, elaborate gilt turn-ins with another two quotes from the Poet "The Best Laid Schemes O' Mice An' Men Gang Aft A'Gley An' Lea'e Us Nought But Grief An' Pain For Promis'd Joy" and on the rear inside turn-ins, the immortal "Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot And Never Brought To Min' We'll Take A Cup O'Kindness Yet For Auld Lang Syne". The inside front cover in full brown crushed levant morocco with a very fine recessed oval hand-painted portrait miniature under glass, surrounded by a highly intricate double leaf design in gilt set with four Amethyst and two Opal jemstones. The rear inside cover in full brown crushed levant morocco, purple silk endleaves, all edges gilt. A stunning, fine and exceptionally beautiful Jewelled Cosway-Style Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe at their very best. Housed in the original cream watered silk lined dark red morocco clamshell case. Case expertly repaired and a little rubbed. Preceded by only the rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786, this second edition was published in an edition of approximately 3,250 copies on 17 April 1787. Two printers were used, resulting in variations in some sheets of the edition. This copy has the first state points: the misprint "Duke of Boxburgh" for "Roxburgh" in the list of subscribers on pages xxxvii, and the correct printing of the Scots word "skinking" (meaning watery) on page 263, later misprinted as "stinking". This edition includes twenty-two new pieces, including "To a Haggis", and the first appearance in print of "Death and Doctor Hornbook", which had been omitted from the Kilmarnock edition. The last copy of the 1786 "Kilmarnock" Burns to appear at auction was in May 2012. It was in a plain late 19th century morocco binding by Bedford and was sold by the Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull (May 2nd, 2012, lot 72) for £39,000 which back in 2012 was the equivalent of $60,500. Egerer 2; Lamont 2; Rothschild 556.

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    Shelley, Percy Bysshe

    Published by Reeves & Turner, London, 1892

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    Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Third Edition. 2 vols. A reprinting of the 1839 original, the edition selected by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, England's premier bindery, as the best choice for the binding they planned, based on its typeface, paper, size, and inclusion of all the notes by Shelley's wife Mary, an essential source for the study of Percy's work. A fastidiously executed dark blue crushed morocco, gilt binding. The outside covers with central gilt panel formed by multiple plain and decorative rolls, with cornerpiece clusters of three inlaid lavender morocco pansies, front boards with central inlaid cerulean morocco medallion stamped with the poet's gilt monogram, rear boards with lavender morocco medallion stamped with a gilt pansy within the quote "Pansies let my flowers be" (from "Remembrance"), raised bands, spine compartments gilt in a latticed pattern. Inside, the Doublures are in sky blue morocco, the one at the front of the first volume is a Cosway style miniature portrait under glass, replicating the 1819 portrait by Amelia Curran now hanging in England's National Portrait Gallery, one of the few contemporaneous likenesses of Shelley and the chief source today for Shelley's countenance. The portrait is framed by a laurel wreath set with 6 jewels (3 moonstones and 3 rubies), and surrounded by a pointillé field punctuated by foliate sprays terminating in 46 white flowers, the other 3 doublures with rows of gilt floral and foliate stamps and a trio of inlaid white blossoms in each corner (the bindings with a total of 132 large and small floral inlays), ivory moiré silk endleaves, all edges gilt and delicately gauffered. Frontispiece in each volume, vignette title pages. A fine set in a luscious binding of a body of literature graced with a lyricism "unmatched elsewhere in English verse in its ethereal, ideal beauty" -Day. A clipped inscription in Shelley's hand is tipped in. All collectibles rest on 4 pillars. Rarity, quality, significance and beauty. Don't forget beauty.

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    COSWAY BINDING; RIVIÈRE & SON, binders; CURRIE, Miss C.B., artist; MANSON, James A.

    Published by London: Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ld., 1902, 1902

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    A Spectacular Cosway Binding with Two Oval and Eight Circular Miniatures By Miss C.B. Currie COSWAY BINDING. RIVIÈRE & SON, binders. CURRIE, Miss C.B., miniaturist. MANSON, James A. Sir Edwin Landseer, R. A. Illustrated with Twenty-one Plates, and a Photogravure Frontispiece. London: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd.; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. First edition, from The Makers of British Art Series edited by Manson. Octavo. (7 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches; 180 x 128 mm). [i-vi], vii-xvi, 219, [220] pp. Title page printed in blue and black. Twenty-one engraved plates and a photogravure frontispiece. Handsomely bound ca. 1904 in a full dark green levant morocco Cosway Binding by Rivière & Sons for Sotheran & Co., stamp-signed to front turn in. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt after a floral and leaf design in compartments ruled in gilt. The front and back covers are ruled and decoratively tooled in a gilt floral and leaf design, surrounding ten oval/round miniature paintings under glass. Nine miniatures on the front cover depict eight hunting dogs around a stag; the miniature on the back cover is a portrait of Sir Edwin Landseer. Board edges double ruled in gilt, with turn-ins ruled and decoratively tooled in gilt. Green marbled endpapers. Joints expertly and totally invisibly repaired. A fine copy. Housed in the original burgundy roan slipcase. An outstanding, quite beautiful example, both for the quality and quantity of the miniatures. The upper cover includes nine insets based upon one of Landseer's favorite themes, the stag hunt. This binding is almost identical to one that was sold at the HRH The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester sale Christie's London January 26th, 2006, lot #754 (£13,200/$23,630). That example was referred to in Stephen Ratcliffe's Hidden Treasures. "The first Cosway Bindings were apparently produced in 1901/1902 - the important Sotheran catalogue issued for the season 1909/1910 uses the words "invented eight years ago". It was further stated that "nearly all the examples were sold as quickly as it was possible to produce them; hence comparatively few specimens have been catalogued, or in fact seen by the general public". The first Cosway binding I have traced was sold in the late HRH Duke of Gloucester sale at Christies London 26/27th Jan 2006. This is Manson, J.A. "Sir Edwin Landseer RA". Published 1902. Bound by Rivière in dark red morocco with large central miniature and eight circular ones on the front cover and one on the back cover - a total of 10 miniatures. This binding can be dated by the presentation inscription "Frederick von Eckstein from his wife Catherine. Christmas 1904". Although unsigned, the ten 'miniatures' are the artwork of Miss C.B. Currie, whose name was never mentioned on any Cosway Bindings prior to 1911. These ten 'miniatures' are amongst the finest examples that we have seen. In the first decade of the twentieth century, the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran & Co., introduced a type of binding that was decorative, had historic associations, and catered to the level of quality expected by connoisseurs at the time. Between 1902 and 1903, John Harrison Stonehouse (1864-1937), managing director of Sotheran's, created what came to be referred to as "Cosway bindings." These were named after the celebrated eighteenth-century English portrait miniaturist Richard Cosway (1742-1821). Cosway bindings are distinguished by their attractive, finely painted miniatures on ivory that are protected by glass and inset into the covers or doublures (inside covers) of elegantly tooled books. Stonehouse's success with the bindings was due in part to his employment of skilled miniaturist, Miss C. B. Currie. It has been estimated that Miss Currie painted several thousand miniatures, recognized for their delicate rendering and precision, for over nine hundred bindings before her death circa 1940. For many of the more lavish Cosway bindings, Currie painted multiple portraits. Occasionally, landscapes and other subjects adorn the covers or doublures. To enhance Currie's miniatures, Stonehouse arranged for the London firm of Rivière & Son to produce a variety of high-quality single-volume bindings. One of the best large-scale binderies active in the first quarter of the twentieth century, Rivière & Son integrated the miniatures into bindings for both previously published editions and new works. Stonehouse marketed Sotheran's finished Cosway-bound volumes primarily to booksellers in the United States or to American agents. Before Sotheran's 1911 catalogue, in which they identified the miniature artist as Miss Currie, the miniatures are attributable only by their recognizable style. By 1913, the bindings are distinguished by a limitation statement on a colophon leaf (where a publisher's emblem or trademark is placed), which provides the number of the Cosway binding with facsimile signatures of Stonehouse and Miss Currie. The customary gilt-stamped signature on the turn-in is generally lettered: "Bound by Riviére & Son from Designs by J. H. Stonehouse" and "Miniatures by C. B. Currie." Competitors, intrigued by the marketing potential of Sotheran's Cosway volumes, began copying the bindings soon after their initial introduction. Although the fashion for Cosway bindings diminished after World War II, the London binderies of Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Morrell continued to produce morocco-bound volumes with inset miniature paintings. Perhaps the most prolific follower has been the still existing English firm of George Bayntun, who acquired the Rivière stock of binding tools in 1939. This biography of Sir Edwin Landseer, R. A., the most popular British artist of his day, is one volume in a series entitled The Makers of British Art, edited by James A. Manson. Already an accomplished artist of animals and nature," in 1824, Landseer visited Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford. The visit to Scotland had a great effect upon Landseer. T.