London: Macmillan and Co.,, 1900. Item #04161
An Elaborate Arts and Crafts Style Binding From The School of Douglas Cockerell
With Two Hundred and Ninety-Two Onlaid Green Morocco Circles
[BINDING]. SHAKESPEARE, Willliam. The Works of William Shakespeare. Edited by William George Clark and William Aldis Wright. London: Macmillan and Co., 1900.
The Globe Edition. Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 inches; 190 x 127 mm.). viii, 1,138 (double-column) pp.
Bound ca. 1900, most probably by a student of Douglas Cockerell, in full brown morocco in the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Both covers bordered in blind enclosing an elaborately decorated blind stamped lattice design, each with twenty-four blind-tooled squares enclosing a four leaf and central flower design. The twenty-four squares framed by one hundred and seventy four gilt circles with green morocco onlays and in addition thirty-five blind-stamped circles. Spine with five raised bands similarly decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. There are ten 'squares' surrounded by ninety gilt circles and twenty-four blind corner circles. The spine is lettered in gilt in the second compartment and dated "1900" at the foot. Turn-ins ruled in blind and decorated with three-leaf blind-tooled corners and seventy-two gilt circles with green morocco onlays, green paper liners and double matching end-papers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Although unsigned this is a remarkable hand-tooled Arts and Crafts Style binding somewhat reminiscent of some of the earlier work of Douglas Cockerell - most probably executed by one of his students.
Douglas Cockerell (1870-1945). In 1893 Douglas Cockerell was apprenticed to Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Bindery and set up his own bindery in 1897. He became an influential voice in the development of bookbinding and conservation standards through his teaching at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and his book Bookbinding and the Care of Books which was first published in 1901 and has become a standard work on bookbinding.