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(COSWAY-STYLE BINDING.) SHAKESPEARE, William.

The Sonnets.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Robt. Riviere and Son, Ltd., 1928

Stock Code: 132340

£5,000
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

A handsome Cosway-style binding. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style initially executed by Riviere & Son for Henry Sotheran booksellers, with miniatures by Caroline Billin Curry mounted under glass on the cover. The exquisite bindings were soon imitated by many leading bookbinders internationally. The copy of Shakespeare used is from a particularly fine edition, printed by Riviere's publishing division, which printed attractive texts for the bindery. The heirs of George Bayntun of Bath bought out Riviere & Sons in 1939; the Bayntun (Riviere) stamp to the front turn-in allows the binding to be dated to after that time, probably using a remaindered copy of the edition.

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Description

Quarto (179 x 134 mm). Near-contemporary brown morocco by Bayntun (Riviere) in the Cosway style with their stamp to turn-in, spine lettered in gilt, compartments and covers blocked with a foliate design in gilt, front cover with portrait miniature of Shakespeare in a central oval mounted behind glass, gilt ruled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Title and initials printed in blue.

Condition

Very light scuffing around extremities, else a near-fine copy.

Delivery

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