In a Fine Binding by Ramage
[RAMAGE, John (Binder)], TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems by Alfred Tennyson. London: Strahan and Co., 1872.
Later edition. Small octavo (6 5/16 x 4 inches; 160 x 102 mm.). xii, 379, [1, colophon] pp.
Bound by Ramage ca. 1880 (stamp-signed upside-down on upper turn-in) in full red crushed morocco, with gilt-rolled borders enclosing four intricately detailed corner designs, spine with five raised bands elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. A near fine example.
Born in London in 1836, John Ramage served an apprenticeship with John Wright, then went to Paris, where he was able to work with the distinguished Marcellin Lortic (1822-1892), who opened his shop on the Rue St. Honoré in 1840. In 1860 Ramage purchased the binding business of Alexander Banks, Jr., in Edinburgh, then returned three years later to London, where he was in business at various locations into the 20th century. Though the range designs is broad, Ramage bindings are celebrated for their remarkably delicate, careful, and elaborate gilt work.
" The second division of this volume was published in the winter of 1832. Some of the poems have been considerably altered. Others have been added, which, with one exception, were written in 1833." [colophon]. Item #03297
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