Bayntun and Riviere

Bayntun and Riviere

Fine handcrafted leather bindings by Bayntun, the firm founded by George Bayntun in Bath in 1894, and Rivière, founded by Robert Rivière in London about 1840. In 1939 the two firms merged as the Bayntun-Rivière Bindery. Bindings from these two fine binderies working in the classic English tradition are highly sought-after by collectors.


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  1. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    London : 1911

    First Dulac edition, handsomely bound by Bayntun, with an accompanying typed letter dated July 1986 addressed to Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance (the initial purchaser), introducing the book, and signed by each of the four craftsmen involved in the designing, sewing, binding, and tooling of the volume. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148410

  2. 148385
    RUNCIMAN, Steven. A History of the Crusades.

    Cambridge : 1951-52-54

    First editions, handsomely bound by Bayntun for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front of each volume. This important history of the Crusades is a "major achievement of narrative history infused by passion and at times romanticism, as a result of which he has been compared to Macaulay. Inherent in the work is regret... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 148385

  3. Dombey and Son.
    COSWAY BINDING - DICKENS, Charles. Dombey and Son.

    London : 1848

    First edition, in an exquisite Cosway binding by Rivière, signed by the inventor of the binding style J. H. Stonehouse and the miniaturist Miss C. B. Currie, and numbered 930. The binding style was named after the Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway. Though often imitated by other leading bookbinders, the original bindings by Stonehouse and Currie are... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 146665

  4. A Christmas Carol.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1964

    A beautifully bound copy of Dickens's Christmas classic, first published in 1843, with illustrations by Rackham, first published in 1915.

    A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books for each successive... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 148162

  5. Tales From Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
    FARJEON, Eleanor. Tales From Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

    London : 1948

    An attractive copy of Farjeon's retelling of Chaucer, with charming illustrations by W. Russell Flint, here specially bound as a school prize binding, presented by Westminster School to a student for mathematics in 1952 (presentation inscription to initial binder's blank). Farjeon's rendering was first published in 1930. Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 150485

  6. Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay (1778 - 1840)
    BURNEY, Fanny. D'ARBLAY, Madame. Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay (1778 - 1840)

    London : 1904-05

    Wonderfully characterful "vivid portrayals of the life of late Georgian England and post-revolutionary France" (ODNB) by the woman declared the "mother of English fiction" by Virgina Woolf. First edited by her niece and published in seven volumes 1842-7, this the first with extensive notes by Austin Dobson, the period's leading authority on eighteenth-century... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 149463

  7. The Wisdom of China.
    LIN YUTANG (ed.) The Wisdom of China.

    London : 1949

    First edition thus, first impression. The Wisdom of China was first published in an edition limited to 750 copies only in 1944, followed by an edition for export only in 1948.

    This is Lin's attempt to summarize the core tenets of Chinese philosophy by presenting some key writings in translation. Alongside Confucius and other classics are texts... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 148238

  8. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    Stratford-upon-Avon : 1904

    Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies printed on handmade paper of which this is number 346. A particularly handsome set. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148163

  9. The Love Affairs of Lord Byron,
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Love Affairs of Lord Byron,

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, extra-illustrated and handsomely bound by Bayntun with a portrait of Byron to the front. "Whether a book is called 'The Love Affairs of Lord Byron' or 'The Life of Lord Byron' can make very little difference to the contents of its pages. Byron's love affairs were the principal incidents of his life, and almost the only... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 149494

  10. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : [1909]

    First Dulac trade edition, first impression, in an elegant Bayntun binding. Edmund Dulac's illustrations for the Rubáiyát helped to confirm his position as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham" (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 148253

  11. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.

    London : 1837

    First edition, bound from the original monthly parts, in a very handsome binding by the leading British bookbinders Bayntun-Riviere, and delightfully extra-illustrated with the full suite of Frederick Pailthorpe's 24 additional illustrations which were issued in 1882, retaining the front wrapper of that publication with the publisher's presentation... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 145656

  12. The Wind in the Willows.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1951

    First UK edition with Rackham's illustrations, 100th edition overall; number 212 of 500 copies, finely bound.

    Grahame's timeless classic was originally published in 1908 with just a frontispiece by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club published in New York in 1940, and it was the last... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 148419

  13. The Complete Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Complete Works.

    London : 1959

    A finely bound copy of the Tudor edition, first published in 1951, this copy in an attractive Cosway-style binding. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 149569

  14. Novels.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. Novels.

    London, New York, Toronto : 1924-63

    An attractive set of The World's Classics editions of Trollope, including the full run of both the Barsetshire and Palliser Novels, along with a selection of his single novels, the first series of Tales of All Countries, and Trollope's An Autobiography, with an introduction by Michael Sadleir. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 148801

  15. Lays of Ancient Rome.
    MACAULAY, Lord. Lays of Ancient Rome.

    London : 1867

    A handsomely bound and attractively illustrated copy of Macaulay's Lays of Ancient Rome (first published in 1842), including the famous poem "Horatius". Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 149329

  16. 149599
    SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.); BOSWELL, James. Everybody's Boswell.

    London : [1949]

    An attractive copy of the first thin-paper edition. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 149599

  17. The Complete Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Complete Novels.

    London : 1928

    First one-volume edition, first impression, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 148158

  18. Anna Karenin.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. Anna Karenin.

    London : 1960

    A handsomely bound one-volume edition of Constance Garnett's translation of Anna Karenin, first published in two volumes in 1901. In 1894 Garnett visited Moscow, calling upon Tolstoy who, impressed by her work, "praised her current translation his The Kingdom of God is Within You and encouraged her to attempt others" (ODNB). Tolstoy's tragic love story... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 148373

  19. War and Peace.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.

    London : 1959

    A handsomely bound copy of Tolstoy's War and Peace, first issued in this edition in 1942. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 148381

  20. 148369
    DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov.

    London : 1965

    A handsomely bound copy of Constance Garnett's translation of Dostoevsky's work, first published in 1912.

    In 1894 Constance Garnett visited Moscow where she called upon Tolstoy who was impressed by her work and, "praised her current translation his The Kingdom of God is Within You and encouraged her to attempt others"; advice which she enthusiastically... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 148369

  21. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,
    WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,

    London : 1653

    An exceptional set of all five editions published in Walton's lifetime, including both issues of the third edition. The development of the text can be traced through Walton's extensive revisions and expansions in the editions of 1655, 1661, and 1676, which reflect both changed political circumstances and Walton's growing ambition in his work. This much-loved... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 145726

  22. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

    London : 1892

    First edition, first issue, of the first collection of Holmes stories. With the misprint "Miss Violent Hunter" on page 317. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148516

  23. The Novels and Miscellaneous Works.
    DEFOE, Daniel. The Novels and Miscellaneous Works.

    London : 1854-61

    A lovely set, handsomely bound. The first six volumes were published as part of "Bohn's British Classics"; the seventh, Robinson Crusoe, was published by Bohn in a similar format seven years later. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 146298

  24. The Hound of the Baskervilles.
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression. The Hound was Sherlock Holmes's "comeback" novel after his shocking demise on the Reichenbach Falls stunned his loyal Victorian readership. When first serialized in the Strand Magazine in 1901 it was a feverish success, with queues at the publisher's office and throughout the country. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 132284

  25. The Barsetshire Novels.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Barsetshire Novels.

    London : 1961-63

    First Zodiac Press editions of The Barsetshire Novels, first published between 1855 and 1867, these later impressions, uniformly bound by Bayntun. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 148817

  26. A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century.
    HALÉVY, Élie; E. I. Watkin (trans.) A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century.

    London : 1949-52

    A finely bound set of the English translations of "the best detailed general account of 19th-century British history", all second editions, aside from Victorian Years, which is a first edition thus, first impression. First published in French between 1913-47 as Histoire du peuple anglais au XIXe siècle, Halévy's History was not written in chronological... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 148822

  27. Rubaiyat.
    OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyat.

    London : [1911]

    First edition thus, number 354 of 550 copies signed by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe and printed on handmade paper (a further 25 were printed on japon), in a striking binding by Bayntun-Riviere, one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát.

    The prestigious London bindery Sangorski and Sutcliffe made a speciality of fabulous bindings.... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 148466

  28. The French Revolution.
    CARLYLE, Thomas. The French Revolution.

    London : [c.1890]

    A handsomely bound copy of Carlyle's history of the French Revolution, originally published in 1837 and written "as a secular 'tract for the times' and as a warning for his compatriots of the frightful consequences of materialism, utilitarianism and democracy" (PMM). Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148721

  29. The Mediterranean,
    BRAUDEL, Fernand. The Mediterranean,

    London : 1972-73

    First edition in English, handsomely bound. First published in France under the title La Méditerranée et le Monde Méditerranéen à l'Époque de Philippe II (1949), this English version of The Mediterranean corresponds to the second French edition of 1966. The first draft of La Méditerranée was written during Braudel's five years in a German POW... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 148722

  30. Civilisation and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century.
    BRAUDEL, Fernand. Civilisation and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century.

    London : 1981-82-84

    A finely bound set of the first English translation of the 1979, three-volume edition of Braudel's history. The first volume was first published in French in 1967 as Civilisation Matérielle, Économie et Capitalisme, XVe-XVIIIe (Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century), and was substantially rewritten for the 1979 edition. The project was begun... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 148744

  31. Tolstoy.
    TOLSTOY, Leo - TROYAT, Henri. Tolstoy.

    London : 1968

    First edition in English, first impression. Troyat's biography of Tolstoy was first published as Tolstoi in 1965 by Librairie Artheme Fayard in France. This copy is in an elegant Bayntun binding, executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his single initial monogram to the front. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 148374

  32. The Forsyte Saga.
    GALSWORTHY, John. The Forsyte Saga.

    London, Melborne and Toronto : 1951

    First edition thus, second impression, handsomely bound by Bayntun for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his single initial monogram to the front cover. The Forsyte Saga was first published in its entirety in 1922; the illustrated single volume edition with Anthony Gross's highly acclaimed drawings was first published in 1950.

    The... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148390

  33. Author's Edition.
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. Author's Edition.

    London : 1903 [1917]

    Signed limited edition, number 572 of 1,000 sets signed by the author in the first volume. The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes published in England by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes published in the USA by D. Appleton & Co. Only the first 510 sets were bound by Smith, Elder; the remaining 490 were reissued by John... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 148429

  34. Sylvie and Bruno [together with:] Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Sylvie and Bruno [together with:] Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.

    London : 1889-93

    First editions, first impressions, handsomely bound. "Late in life Dodgson published Sylvie and Bruno (1889) and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893), two long, complicated novels depicting three realms of being. Essentially love stories, they contain some imaginative flights that sparkle, but, where Dodgson in the Alice books eschewed any moral lesson,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 148450

  35. The Ingoldsby Legends.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends.

    London : 1955

    An attractively bound copy of the Ingoldsby Legends, which were first published illustrated by Rackham in 1898. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148260

  36. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.

    London : 1965 and 1962

    An attractive volume, titled on the spine The Jungle Books, combining the 1965 reprint of The Jungle Book and the 1962 reprint of The Second Jungle Book. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148277

  37. Vanity Fair.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair.

    London : 1962

    An attractively bound edition of Thackeray's novel which was first published in 1848. This edition was first issued by the Zodiac Press, an imprint of Chatto and Windus, in 1948. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 148317

  38. Buildings of Europe. Baroque Europe.
    BAYNTUN BINDING - BUSCH, Harald, & Bernd Lohse (eds.) Buildings of Europe. Baroque Europe.

    London : 1962

    First edition in English, first impression, of this work on European architecture which was first published in German the previous year. This copy is beautifully bound by Bayntun Riviere. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 148225

  39. Space, Time and Architecture.
    BAYNTUN BINDING - GIEDION, Sigfried. Space, Time and Architecture.

    London : 1954

    An attractive copy in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148236

  40. The Hundred Years War.
    PERROY, Edouard. The Hundred Years War.

    London : 1951

    First edition in English, first impression. Perroy's work was first published in French in 1945. This copy has a press review from The Economist of 17 November 1951 loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 148245

  41. The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); POLLARD, Arthur. The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.

    London : 1917

    First Rackham edition. A particularly handsome copy.

    In preparing for this commission Rackham turned to his own copy of Beardsley's Morte D'Arthur (1893). Like Beardsley's illustrations Rackham's designs have a stark black and white appearance, though Rackham "cannot resist the occasional wryly humorous touch such as a barking dog or a jester's... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 148257

  42. A History of English Law.
    HOLDSWORTH, Sir William. A History of English Law.

    London : 1966

    A complete set, including the rare index, of Holdsworth's legal history, with a pleasing provenance: the set was bound for Birmingham lawyer Gordon W. Quance, with his "Q" monogram gilt-stamped to the front cover of each volume.

    A History of English Law is the life's work of William Holdsworth (1871-1944), who worked as a fellow of St. John's... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 148106

  43. A History of Architecture.
    FLETCHER, Sir Banister. A History of Architecture.

    London : 1961

    An attractively bound copy of Fletcher's lavishly illustrated history, first published in 1896. This copy was bound by Bayntun for Birmingham solicitor Gordon W. Quance, with his monogram "Q" gilt-stamped to the front cover. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 148167

  44. A History of Technology.
    SINGER, Charles, & others. A History of Technology.

    Oxford : 1956-58

    A very handsomely bound copy of this monumental history of technology, "the first major work in English to embrace the whole subject from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century" (ODNB). The set comprises mixed editions: first editions, first impressions, of volumes III, IV and V; second impression of vol. II; third impression of vol.... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 148169

  45. Collection of novels, short stories, and memoirs:
    MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Collection of novels, short stories, and memoirs:

    London : 1961-69

    A handsomely bound collection of Maugham's novels and short stories, originally published between 1897 and 1952. The collection includes The Razor's Edge, Cakes and Ale, Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, Liza of Lambeth, and The Painted Veil.This set was bound by Bayntun of Bath for Birmingham solicitor Gordon W. Quance, with his monogram "Q"... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 148176

  46. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, first impression, O'Brien's so-called "Third English Edition," following the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies, with just 170 of them complete). This copy is attractively bound.

    "Lawrence had taken part... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148204

  47. A Christmas Carol.
    DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1907

    A beautifully bound copy of Dickens's Christmas classic, this being an early 20th-century edition by the original publishers, Chapman and Hall.

    A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books for each... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148031

  48. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with] Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with] Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1872 & 1879

    An attractively bound set of early editions of Carroll's classic works: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 59th thousand, and Through the Looking-Glass the 27th thousand. These books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts of imaginative genius but they also revolutionized writing for children" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148042

  49. The Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.

    London : 1959-63

    An attractively bound set of Austen's collected works, this set unusually including the volume of her juvenilia.

    Though Austen's novels remained in print throughout the 19th century, it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that produced the first modern edition in 1923; his work continued to be issued in later editions... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148022

  50. The Complete Angler,
    WALTON, Isaac, & Charles Cotton. The Complete Angler,

    London : 1953

    An attractive copy, in a fine binding by Bayntun, of Walton's angling classic, which was first published in 1653. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148217

  51. Gulliver's Travels,
    SWIFT, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels,

    Bloomsbury : 1934

    First Nonesuch edition. A handsomely bound copy of Swift's Gulliver's Travels, with selections from his other works. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148356

  52. Nelson.
    COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - OMAN, Carola. Nelson.

    London : 1947

    First edition of Carola Oman's key work. Her biography of Nelson won the Sunday Times Prize for English Literature, and "still stands as the benchmark against which modern biographies of Nelson may be judged" (ODNB), and she had access to previously unpublished primary sources, including the collection of Lady Nelson's papers assembled by Lady Llangattock,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 148366

  53. Works.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. Works.

    London : 1864-83

    First editions, from the library of Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, with his bookplate to vol. 1 of Can You Forgive Her?. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 125520

  54. Of the Imitation of Christ.
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.); KEMPIS, Thomas à. Of the Imitation of Christ.

    London : 1908

    A handsomely bound copy of Thomas à Kempis's masterpiece, in a somewhat modernized version of the popular 16th-century translation by Richard Whytford, with the illustrations of William Russell Flint. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134959

  55. The Works,
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works,

    London and Glasgow : 1957

    A handsomely bound copy of Wilde's works, first published thus as the New Collected Edition in 1948. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148360

  56. The Progress of a Plough-Boy to a Seat in Parliament.
    COBBETT, William - REITZEL, William (ed.) The Progress of a Plough-Boy to a Seat in Parliament.

    London : 1935

    First edition, second impression, of Cobbett's life, in an elegant Bayntun-Riviere binding. This work was first published in 1933. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 148261

  57. A History of Europe.
    PIRENNE, Henri. A History of Europe.

    London : 1955

    First edition in English, sixth impression, of Pirenne's History of Europe, which was first published in French in 1936. This copy has the front panel and front flap of the fifth impression's dust jacket loosely inserted. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 148239

  58. Race.
    BAKER, John R. Race.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression, of Baker's popular yet poorly received work, which attempted to classify human races in the same way that animal subspecies are classified. An attractively bound copy in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 148240

  59. You and Your Star.
    CHEIRO. You and Your Star.

    Bombay : 1965

    Third Indian edition, second printing, of this work by the renowned palmist-astrologer Cheir, in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. Cheiro was the stage name of Dublin-born William Warner (1866-1936), who also occasionally styled himself Count Louis Hamon. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 148242

  60. The Plays.
    GALSWORTHY, John. The Plays.

    London : 1929

    First collected edition, in a handsome Baytun binding. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 148214

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