London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. Item #04902
A Fine Jansenist-Style Binding by Bayntun of Bath with Two Fine Portrait Miniatures
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BAYNTUN, binder. JACKSON, Lady Catherine Charlotte. First of the Bourbons 1589-1595 [&] 1595-1610. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890.
First edition. Two octavo volumes (7 11/16 x 5 3/16 inches; 196 x 132 mm.). xiv, 382; xvi, 423, 1, blank] pp. Title-pages printed in red and black. Colored frontispiece and four plates in each volume.
Extra illustrated by the insertion of fifty-four portraits and views including twelve fine hand-colored plates, mainly by P. Pauquet.
A handsome 'Jansenist' binding ca. 1925 by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in). Full red crushed levant morocco over beveled boards. Single gilt rule border, spines with five raised bands ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt dotted board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins with gilt corner fleurons, green moire silk free endleaves, all edges gilt. Front doublures in dark green morocco with gilt borders and corner fleurons, rear doublures in green moire silk. The front doublures set with fine Cosway-style oval miniature portraits of Henry IV (vol 1) and Marie de' Medici (vol 2) under glass, within a decorative gilt frame. Some expert and almost invisible repairs to joints of both volumes.
A near fine and unique set.
Lady Catherine Hannah Charlotte Elliott Jackson (1824–1891), was the daughter of Thomas Elliot of Wakefield, and was also the second wife of Knight Diplomat Sir George Jackson (1785–1861), whom she married in 1856, and a prolific author in her own right, especially in the area of European history and of the court of France in the 16th century. After the death of her husband in 1861, she turned to literature, starting by editing the diaries and letters of her husband's early life. He was a distinguished diplomat, and is best known for accompanying Sir Charles Stuart to Germany and entering Paris with him in 1815, and for his efforts in connection with the abolition of the slave trade.
On 19 June 1874 she was granted a pension in recognition of her husband's services. She then studied a variety of French memoirs, and compiled from them several books on French society. A few of her better known works include Old Paris: its Court and Literary Salons (1878), The Court of France in the Sixteenth Century, 1514-1559 (1886) and The First of the Bourbons: 1595-1610 (1890), each in two volumes.
Bayntun of Bath. George Bayntun was born in Bath on 4th August 1873. He served his apprenticeship with the Taylor family in Trim Street and started his own bookbinding business in Northumberland Place in 1894. He employed London binders to raise the standard of craftsmanship and soon moved into a larger workshop in Walcot Street. Book Auction Records for 1906 recognized his success: "He has brought intelligence into play as well as high craftsmanship". In 1920 he purchased the bindery business of George Gregory, and in 1939 the Bayntun and Rivière binderies were incorporated into a new set of premises on Manvers Street (Bath), from where the business still operates today. George Bayntun had an especially good relationship with many of the pre-eminent American dealers including Brentano's.