London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1932-33. Item #04159
A Charming, Finely Wrought Pictorial Binding
By the Great Rivière & Son
[RIVIÈRE & SON, binders]. CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. [bound together with] Through the Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There. With Fifty Illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1932-33.
Later editions. Two volumes bound in one (7 1/16 x 4 3/4 inches; 180 x 121 mm). , 179, ; , 208,  pp.
Bound c. 1933 by Rivière & Son (stamp-signed to front turn-in) in full dark red crushed morocco with multi-colored pictorial onlay of Alice with the Dodo bird (from the Tenniel illlustration on page 31 of Alice's Adventures), the vignette framed by a gilt strapwork border with gilt garlands; multi-colored onlaid vignette to rear cover depicting Alice and the Red Queen (from the Tenniel illlustration on page 33 of Through the Looking-Glass), each with blind-tooled highlights. Gilt ruled board-edges and elaborate gilt turn-ins, red marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. A fine example.
Robert Rivière (1808–1882), bookbinder, was born in London in 1808. On leaving school, in 1824, he apprenticed with Messrs. Allman, the booksellers, of Princes Street, Hanover Square. In 1829 he established himself at Bath as a bookseller, and subsequently as a bookbinder in a small way, employing only one man. But not finding sufficient scope for his talents in that city, he came in 1840 to London, where he commenced business as a bookbinder.
The excellent workmanship and good taste displayed in his bindings gradually won for him the appreciation of connoisseurs, and he was largely employed by the Duke of Devonshire, Mr. Christie-Miller, Captain Brooke, and other great collectors. He also bound for the Queen and the royal family. In the Great Exhibition of 1851 he exhibited several examples of his skill, and he obtained a medal.
The bindings of Rivière, in the quality of the materials, the forwarding, and in the finish and delicacy of the tooling are deserving of almost unqualified commendation. His bindings are wonderful specimens of artistic taste, skill, and perseverance.
Rivière bequeathed his business to this son-in-law in 1880, and the name of the firm was changed to Rivière & Son. Bayntun of Bath acquired Rivière c. 1930.