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Marmontel's Moral Tales.

Selected with a revised translation, biographical introduction and notes. With illustrations by Chris. Hammond.

London, George Allen, 1895 Stock Code: 138908

Charming example of the bookbinding craft of Cedric Chivers

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An exquisitely bound copy, and a fine example of Cedric Chivers's vellucent style, where the backing sheet of the binding is hand-painted before being covered in vellum which has been shaved to transparency, which is then tooled in gilt. This is in contrast to the previous great binder of painted vellum, Edwards of Halifax, who painted in reverse on the underside of translucent vellum. Chivers had patented his vellucent method in 1898, and used it to create some of the most beautiful books of the turn of the century. His style influenced, and became closely associated with, the arts and crafts movement. The book itself is an attractive edition of Jean-François Marmontel's 18th-century tales, as selected and edited by the literary scholar George Saintsbury, with illustrations by Christine Hammond, a prolific female illustrator of the 1890s. The binding design is after Hammond's illustrations for Marmontel's tale The Shepherdess of the Alps.

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Small quarto (184 x 124 mm). Contemporary vellum by Cedric Chivers of Bath with his stamp to rear turn-in, spine and front cover lettered by hand, spine and front cover with hand-painted design incorporating gilt tooling and Mother of Pearl inlay, the front cover with a centrepiece of a shepherdess and her dog, gilt ruled turn-ins, vellum doublures, top edge gilt, detached red and green silk page marker loosely inserted.


With 45 black and white illustrations by Hammond.


Vellum on front cover warped, small pink mark to rear cover, short closed tear at edge of first couple of leaves and to pp. 415/416, many leaves unopened. A very good copy.


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