London, Paris & Edinburgh: Boussod, Valadon & Cie., 1896. Item #03859
"Seldom did Personal Characteristics Play a Greater Part than in the Elizabethan Age"
Finely Bound by Roger de Coverly - Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson's Teacher
CREIGHTON, The Right Rev. Mandell. (Lord Bishop of Peterborough). Queen Elizabeth. London, Paris & Edinburgh: Boussod, Valadon & Cie., 1896.
Folio (12 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches; 314 x 241 mm.). [vi], 199, [1, blank], , -202, [1, colophon], [3, blank] pp. Frontispiece (printed in gold and colors) and thirty-nine illustrations of which twenty-three are full-page inserted plates, including one double-page (between pp. 40/41) and one facsimile letter printed on both sides (between pp. 196/197). Title page and colophon printed in red and black. Original printed wrappers bound in. Some light scattered marginal foxing, otherwise fine.
Finely bound by Roger De Coverly ca. 1896 (stamp-signed "Roger De Coverly" on front turn-in). Full maroon straight-grain morocco, covers ruled in gilt with elaborately decorated gilt 'pointille' floral corner-pieces. Spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins with elaborate gilt corner decoration, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. A little very light rubbing to spine, otherwise fine. A superb example of the binders art.
"The chief merit of this volume, however, lies in the attempt to bring together the most remarkable portraits of Elizabeth and her contemporaries, and to put before the readers careful reproductions of artistic sources of information which have hitherto been little known. It is hoped that such an attempt will give increased reality to the history of the time and will appeal to that power of imaginative reproduction of persons and events without which the study of history is cold and abstract. We cannot afford to overlook the personal element in human affairs; no changes in mechanism of government can eliminate it; and seldom did personal characteristics play a greater part than in the Elizabethan age." (Preface).
Roger de Coverly was born in 1831, and at the age of 14 was apprenticed to Zaehnsdorf. From ca. 1852 until 1863 he worked for J. & J. Leighton, and then set up his own workshop near Leicester Square. In 1870 he moved to 6 St. Martin's Court, and began taking in work from the publisher Ellis. This led to orders from William Morris and Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, who served a year's apprenticeship with de Coverly in 1883-84. At this time the staff consisted of de Coverly's two sons and two male assistants, and their declared aim was "to work excellently rather than cheaply". De Coverly was profiled in the British Bookmaker, vol. V, no. 56, February 1892, pp.179-80. Roger de Coverly died in 1914.
Mandell Creighton (1843-1901), was a British historian and a bishop of the Church of England. A scholar of the Renaissance papacy, Creighton was the first occupant of the Dixie Chair of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, a professorship established around the time that history was emerging as an independent academic discipline. He was also the first editor of the English Historical Review, the oldest English language academic journal in the field of history. Creighton had a second career as a cleric in the Church of England. He served as a parish priest in Embleton, Northumberland and later, successively, as the Bishop of Peterborough and the Bishop of London. His moderation and worldliness drew praise from Queen Victoria and won notice from politicians. It was widely thought at the time that Creighton would have become the Archbishop of Canterbury had his early death, at age 57, not supervened.