An Eighteenth Century Pre-Cosway Binding
Significant, Superb and Unusual
Untouched In Its Original State
[COSWAY-STYLE ALMANACK BINDING]. Exercice du Chrétien, Contenant Les Prieres du Matin & du Soir, l'Ordinaire de la Messe, les sept Pseaumes de la Pénitence, les Vepres & Hymnes de tous les Dimanches & Fetes de l'Année. Saumur: De l'Imprimerie de Francois-Paschal-Jean-Marie de Gouy, 1774.
Sixteenmo (4 13/16 x 2 1/2 inches; 122 x 64 mm.) , 260 pp.
Full contemporary white kid leather with elaborately gilt decorated red morocco panels to sides and spine, inlaid with 20 colored metal disks within pierced roundels, and with the side panels each possessing three hand colored miniatures under original mica. Gilt tooled edges. All edges gilt. Some loss of gilt at joints at at edges, discs in various states of oxidation, as normal and to be expected. A few hairline cracks, one tiny loss, to mica. Two small nicks to spine. Withal, a remarkable binding. Housed in a custom made full red morocco, gilt decorated felt-lined clamshell case.
A binding of historical significance to the art & craft: The binder is, alas, unknown but 130 years prior to J.H. Stonehouse, a director of the bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran, introducing Cosway bindings (in collaboration with binders Riviere & Son and artist "Miss Currie" and named after eighteenth century miniaturist Richard Cosway), this anonymous visionary actually developed the concept. We are aware of only two other similar examples of these extremely scarce bindings. Item #01377
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