Chimes, The; Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht

Gaze Upon the Chimes of Rackham Flashing
In a Binding That is Dashing
One of 1500 Copies Signed by the Artist

[BAYNTUN-RIVIERE, binders]. [RACKHAM, Arthur, artist]. DICKENS, Charles. The Chimes. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by Edward Wagenknecht. Printed in London by George W. Jones for members of the Limited Editions Club, 1931.

Limited to 1500 copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 641. Quarto (11 1/8 x 7 1/4 in; 284 x 185 mm). xxxii, [3], 128, [2] pp. Six full-page black and white illustrations, fourteen text illustrations.

Bound by Bayntun-Riviere and finished by Chrisopher Lewis, c. 1960-65, in full dark red morocco. Gilt-ruled border. Gilt panel with corner pieces enclosing a pictorial onlay of multi-colored morocco that reproduces the frontispiece, Wet Weather Was the Worst. Gilt decorated and ornamented compartments. Gilt rolled edges and turn-ins. Cockerell endpapers. All edges gilt. A fine copy. Housed in a red cloth drop-back clamshell box, contemporary with the binding, featuring an onlay of the pictorial vignette from the original buckram binding to the upper side and its title and lettering onlaid to the spine.

The great binding finisher Christopher Lewis began his career at the internationally renowned Bayntun-Riviere Bindery of Bath, England, during the early 1960s as a finisher. In the 1970s, he established his own bindery and further developed his masterful inlay and gilt work, integrating innovative highlights with paint into his pictorial inlays. He returned to Bayntun during the 1990s.

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