Mr. Pickwick; Illustrated in Colour by Frank Reynolds

Mr. Pickwick Uniquely Bound To Be Great

[BAYNTUN-RIVIERE (Binder). REYNOLDS, Frank (Illustrator)]. DICKENS, Charles. Mr. Pickwick. London: Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. [1910].

Limited to 350 copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 304. Large quarto (11 5/8 x 9 in; 295 x 230 mm). xv, [1, blank], 174, [1, printer's slug], [1, blank] pp. Twenty-five tipped-in color plates on heavy stock with captioned tissue guards. Illustrated title page.

Grandly bound, c. 1960, by Bayntun-Riviere (designed and finished by Christopher Lewis) in full crimson crushed morocco with charming pictorial, green, beige, brown, yellow, and flesh colored onlays reproducing Frank Reynold's frontispiece of Mr. Pickwick within a central, sunken panel surrounded by four gilt-ruled borders enclosing prominent gilt corner-pieces of Tudor roses, leaves and swirls, gilt roses at each side. The lower cover reiterates the upper's gilt-work without the pictorial central panel. Wide turn-ins with large gilt corner-pieces and ruled borders. Raised bands with gilt ornaments, gilt framed and decorated or lettered compartments. Pales straw moire silk end-leaves. All edges gilt. A magnificent binding to a splendid, very fine copy. Housed in the original red cloth slip-case.

Chris Lewis was one of Bayntun-Riviere's most talented 'finishers'. He designed and finished many unique inlaid bindings during his time at Bayntun-Riviere in the sixties and then again prior to his death in the late eighties.

Frank Reynolds (1876 -1953) studied at Heatherley's School of Art, and in 1906 he began contributing to Punch Magazine and was regularly published within its pages during World War I. He was well known for his many illustrations in several books by Charles Dickens. He succeeded F.H. Townsend as the Art Editor for Punch. He was also a prolific watercolor painter and was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours from 1903. Item #01909

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