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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ACKERMANN - PAPWORTH, John B. Select Views of London.
London : 1816First edition in book form of this splendid illustrated account of Regency London. Select Views first appeared in Ackermann's Repository of Arts between 1810 and 1815 prior to its publication in the present book-form edition, an edition considered "a vivid testimony of the high standards of this monthly publication" (University of Rochester, online).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147436
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
London : 1959-63An 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
AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
Oxford : 1658First edition. Ralph Austen (c. 1612-1676) is a fascinating figure, a combination of self-taught gardener and religious radical, whose "approach to horticulture was innovative, experimental, and sceptical of the authority of theorists" (ODNB). Here he challenges Sir Francis Bacon over his theory of the descent of sap, opposing the findings of his friend... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129008
BAKER, John R. Race.
London : 1974First 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
BAYNTUN BINDING - CLARK, Kenneth. Civilisation.
London : 1969First edition, first impression, in an elegant Bayntun-Riviere binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. This work accompanied Clark's television series Civilisation, aired on BBC in the same year. Civilisation's "success in English-speaking countries, and beyond, was spectacular and unparalleled;... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148235
BIBLE; English; NT. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
London : 1865First trade edition of this wonderful example of Victorian book production. Longman employed the finest wood-engravers of the day and the project was overseen by the antiquary and illuminator Henry Shaw (1800-1873): "He provided initials and ornament for the prestigious New Testament published by Longman in 1864 with engravings of works by artists from... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133743
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson,
London : 1835An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains the most famous biography... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139422
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
Benares : 1885-88First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.
The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143343
BUTLER, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Farleigh.
1934A fine binding for this attractive edition of Butler's major novel, first published posthumously in 1902, a powerful autobiographical work recording his pained and satirical dissent from patriarchal Victorian hypocrisy. Farleigh was one of the best wood-engravers of the pre-War era, achieving his greatest success with the illustrations to George Bernard... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 43801
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
London : 1868 & 1872First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, together with an early edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this being from the 12th thousand, published just three years after the first edition of 1865, handsomely bound as a set by Bayntun of Bath. The Alice books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 145478
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland [bound together with;] Through The Looking-Glass. And what she found there.
London : 1937-9Late 1930s issues of the Alice books, in a handsome contemporary binding by Bayntun-Rivière bound in a single volume. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140069
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : 1866First published edition, rare presentation copy, inscribed by the author to one of his child-friends on the half-title, "Ella Chlora Williams from the author", together with three letters from the author mounted on the third, fourth, and fifth blanks.
Ella Chlora Faithfull Bickersteth (née Monier-Williams, 1859-1954) was the only daughter of... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 127698
CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia; The Viceroy of Ouidah; On the Black Hill; The Songlines; Utz; What Am I Doing Here.
London : 1977-89First editions, first impressions, of all of Chatwin's works published in his lifetime. Chatwin (1940-1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. His first book In Patagonia established his reputation as a travel writer. In 1982 he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel for his... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 117554
CHEIRO. You and Your Star.
Bombay : 1965Third 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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. - CHURCHILL, Randolph S., & Martin Gilbert. Winston S. Churchill.
London : 1966-88First editions, first impressions, in handsome Bayntun-Riviere bindings. This set was collected by and bound for Alan Keith McMillan, with his armorial bookplate to each front pastedown. Over 22 years, McMillan purchased each volume new and had them uniformly bound by Bayntun-Riviere, neatly recording the purchase price, binding cost, and his acquisition... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 137897
COBBETT, William - REITZEL, William (ed.) The Progress of a Plough-Boy to a Seat in Parliament.
London : 1935First 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
COBBETT, William. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.
London : 1834First edition of this adulatory account of President Jackson, written by the radical British MP William Cobbett, published the year before Cobbett died and after a lifetime spent campaigning for the abolition of rotten boroughs, the lowering of taxes, and reversing enclosures; all culminating in his major influence in passing the Great Reform Act of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144939
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon.
London : 1927First UK edition, following the New York edition of the preceding year and the German of 1925. This glamorous binding incorporates a portrait based on Jacques-Louis David's famous 1812 portrait The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, the original of which hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
"Ludwig was trained in... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 138769
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - NAPOLEON. Napoleon's Memoirs.
London : 1945First Golden Cockerel Press edition, number 61 of 500 numbered sets, beautifully printed in Perpetua types on Arnold mould-made paper. This superbly bound copy incorporates a fine miniature half-length portrait of Napoleon as First Consul, based on the famous full-length portrait by Jean-Baptiste Isabey. Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 119484
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - OMAN, Carola. Nelson.
London : 1947First 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
CRUIKSHANK, George. The Humourist.
London : 1892First thus, number 251 of an edition of 260. This presented to Harold Nicolson by Horace Rumbold in 1929, inked inscription to the first blank of volume I. Nicolson had served under Rumbold twice, the second occasion being in Berlin 1928, Nicolson resigned from the diplomatic service in September, 1929, and Rumbold retired in 1933. Nicolson described... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 74440
DEFOE, Daniel. The Chimera: or, the French Way of Paying National Debts, Laid open.
London : 1720Rare first edition of this comparative examination of credit in England and France with a comprehensive discussion of John Law and the Mississippi scheme; the latter is discussed with a blend of admiration (in principle) and mistrust (in practice). Defoe's attitude towards credit can be gauged from his decision to sell his shares in the South Sea scheme... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 122924
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First 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
DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
1922]A handsomely bound facsimile of the first edition of Dickens's first and most enduring Christmas gift book. This copy has been bound without the extra title page and prefatory matter by G. K. Chesterton and B. W. Matz, rendering it even more persuasive. Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 145198
DICKENS, Charles. The Works.
London : 1899The Gadshill edition, "printed from the edition that was carefully corrected by the author in 1867 and 1868" and including H. K. Browne and George Cruikshank's beloved illustrations. A handsome set of what is generally considered one of the best editions of the collected works of Charles Dickens. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 141805
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First edition in book form of the novel that transformed the obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months. The novel was first published in serial form from March 1836 to November 1837. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134818
DICKENS, Charles. Barnaby Rudge.
London : [c.1870]An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1841. Dickens's first historical novel, dealing with the anti-Catholic Gordon riots of 1780 and written in conscious emulation of Scott. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 122723
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
London : [c.1870]An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1844. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world; these are no longer figures... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 122722
DICKENS, Charles. Nicholas Nickleby.
London : [c.1870]An attractively bound copy of Dickens's third novel, originally published as a serial from 1838 to 1839. Dickens's novel "has some title to being the funniest novel Dickens ever wrote; it is perhaps the funniest novel in the English language" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, pp. 262-3). Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 122721
DICKENS, Charles. Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son.
London : [c.1870]An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1848. Dickens's first novel to have an explicitly contemporary setting. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 122715
DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress. By "Boz."
London : 1838First edition, first issue, with Boz title pages and the "Fireside" plate. Bentley rushed Oliver Twist out in book form before serialization was complete, forcing Cruikshank to hurry the last few plates. Dickens disliked the final "Fireside" plate and asked Cruikshank for a new design, the "Church" plate. He also decided that he no longer wished to... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 108107
DOYLE, James E. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.
London : 1864First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed, in the designer, Edmund... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140390
DOYLE, James E. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55 - A.D. 1485.
London : 1864First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed, in the designer, Edmund... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 128691
FARRAR, Frederic W. Eric,
Edinburgh : 1891Handsomely bound copy of the 25th edition of Farrar's novel. Originally published in 1858, Eric, together with Tom Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays, "effectively established the school story as a new genre However, while Tom Brown conveys the enthusiasms of the author's games-playing schooldays and is still readable today, Eric is a vividly sentimental... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 141147
FLETCHER, Sir Banister. A History of Architecture.
London : 1954An 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£350.00
Stock Code: 148166
FLINT, William Russell (illus.); A KEMPIS, Thomas. Of the Imitation of Christ.
London : 1908A 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
GALSWORTHY, John. The Plays.
London : 1929First collected edition. Inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "Inscribed with every good wish by John Galsworthy, April 1930"; with a pencilled notation for the binder "preserve". Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 132028
GRAY, Thomas. Poems.
London : 1768First collected edition, handsomely bound. It includes some of Gray's most popular works, such as "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", and collects poems from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), Designs by Mr. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) and Odes, by Mr. Gray, Printed at Strawberry Hill (1757).
For the present... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146901
HARDY, Thomas. The Trumpet-Major.
London : 1950An attractively bound copy of Hardy's novel. It was first published in 1880 and written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Trafalgar. This is the first issue of the work in the publisher's "Library Edition". Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148321
HENDERSON, T. F. James I. and VI.
Paris : 1904First and limited edition, number 102 of 800 copies printed on fine paper. One of the luxuriously produced series of celebrated biographies in English printed in Paris by Goupil & Cie, the leading art dealership in 19th-century France.
Stock Code: 109059
HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad.
London : 1914First Riccardi Press edition, number 116 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; a further 12 copies were printed on vellum. An attractive copy.
"Though not an instant success, the little volume gradually won a large audience through the universality of its dominant themes (nature, love, war, and death) and the directness of its language... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142418
INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.
London : 1855A handsomely bound set of this hugely popular work of Victorian literature.
The Ingoldsby Legends "began to appear in 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany. Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham 'discovered' old documents which provided the basis for his tales. In effect, most of these are reworkings of other narrative... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144557
JAMES, Gilbert (illus.); FITZGERALD, Edward. The Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London & New York : [c.1908]Deluxe edition of the James illustrated Rubáiyat in a superb early Bayntun binding, one of possibly 250 copies only with hand-coloured plates.
Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát was a failure on publication in 1859, with most of the copies of the first edition unsold and dumped in Quaritch's penny box, but the translation slowly gained... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 147605
JAMES, Silas. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, etc.
London : 1797First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then returned to England, but sent... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 117608
KESSEL, J. & Hélène Iswolsky. Les Rois Aveugles.
Paris : [c.1925]Limited to 400 numbered copies printed on japon ("vellum paper"). With the monogram and bookplate of Victoria Sackville-West, mother of writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 81169
KINGSLEY, Charles. The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby.
London : 1863First edition, first issue, with the "L'Envoi" leaf: "Kingsley had second thoughts about this while the book was being printed, and he had the leaf removed, but not before a few hundred copies of the book had already gone forth" (Gottlieb, Early Children's Books and Their Illustration, 113). Kingsley's book initiated the first golden age of children's... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 120414
KINGSLEY, Charles; Warwick Goble (illus.) The Water-Babies.
London : 1909First Goble edition. The Water-Babies was first published in 1863, and first illustrated in 1886 by Linley Sambourne. London-born Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was an illustrator of children's books who specialized in Japanese and Indian themes. Having worked for monthly magazines until 1909, he then became resident gift-book illustrator for Macmillan,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 134693