Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1886. Item #04466
The Sonnets of over eighty Sonneteers…
Handsomely bound by Root & Son of London
ROOT & SON, binders. MAIN, David M. editor. Three Hundred English Sonnets. Chosen and Edited with a few notes by David M. Main. New Edition. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1886.
Small octavo (6 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches; 160 x 95 mm.). viii, 320 pp. Neat ink inscription on front blank dated 1929, some pencil notations on blank leaf at end, two pages with newspaper clippings loosely inserted leaving a slight stain, otherwise fine.
Bound by Root & Son ca. 1929 (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in). Full dark blue crushed levant morocco, covers decoratively quad-ruled in gilt with large elaborate gilt fan design corner pieces. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled to a similar fan design and lettered in gilt in compartments. Double-ruled gilt board edges, and decorative turn-ins w, also with the gilt fan design in the corners, orange silk paste-downs and end-leaves, top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal fading to spine, light rubbing to joints, otherwise near fine. Housed in the original fleece-lined blue cloth slipcase.
The London bindery of W. Root & Son consistently turned-out excellent work, both on fine bindings as here, and on trade bindings and sets. Packer lists the firm in business in Red Lion Square in 1899-1901, and the December 1942 issue of The Rotarian notes with regret that W. Root had been bombed out (uprooted?) of their premises on Paternaster Row during the 1941 Blitz.
The index of authors represent everyone from Henry Alford to Sir Thomas Wyatt and include just about every Sonneteer that we have ever heard of… there is also an index of first lines.