London: Richard Bentley, 1871. Item #04516
A Unique Extra-Illustrated Set of John Heneage Jesse's
London: Its Celebrated Characters and Remarkable Places
Three Volumes Extended to Six by the Addition of 583 Engraved Plates of Which 59 are Hand Colored
A Superb Set of Six Inlaid Bindings by Bayntun of Bath, Executed ca. 1920
JESSE, J[ohn] Heneage. BAYNTUN, binder. London: Its Celebrated Characters and Remarkable Places. Special Copy Extra Illustrated in Six Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1871.
First edition thus. Three volumes extended to six, extra Illustrated ' Grangerised' by the insertion of five hundred and eighty-three views and portraits, fifty-six of which are hand colored. All the additional plates are from the late eighteenth century through 1840. Many are quite rare, many are expertly inlaid to size.
Six octavo volumes (7 3/4 x 5 inches; 198 x 127 mm.). Six special title-pages printed in red and black. x, 1-176; 177-418; vi, 1-240; 241-439, [1, blank]; viii, 1-212; 213-442, -486, (index), [1, errata], 1, blank] pp. Three original hand colored frontispieces drawn by Hollar and engraved by Cook.
A superb set of six inlaid bindings ca. 1920 by Bayntun (stamp-signed "Bayntun, Binder, Bath, Eng." on front turn-ins).
Full brown crushed levant morocco over beveled bards. Covers with a single gilt rule surrounding a five gilt-line geometric frame with three gilt dots in each corner. Front covers each with a unique multi-colored morocco inlay of a London tradesperson with their title in gilt below. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges, tripe gilt-ruled turn-ins, marbled paste-downs and end-leaves, all edges gilt. Small rectangular bookplate on front end-leaf of each volume. Volumes I, III, & V, with early ink inscription on verso of original hand-colored frontispiece "Mary Emily Phillip/The gift of her/Husband/January 1871". Spines minimally sunned, otherwise fine.
The designs for the covers are almost certainly taken from the hand-colored plates in William Marshall Craig's Traders of London, 1804.
Vol. I. "Strawberries' Scarlet Strawberries"
Vol. II. "Fine Ripe Cherries"
Vol. III. "Oranges' Sweet China Oranges"
Vol. IV. "Milk Below Maids"
Vol. V. "Scissors to Grind"
Vol. VI. "Old Chairs to Mend"
586 Plates in total (including the three original hand-colored frontispieces): 339 engraved views of which 39 are hand colored; 236 engraved portraits (of which 20 are hand colored; and 11 double-page/folding plates.
John Heneage Jesse (1809-1874), English historian, son of Edward Jesse, was educated at Eton, and afterward became a clerk in the secretary's department of the Admiralty. His numerous historical works are written with vivacity and interest, and, in their own style, are an important contribution to the history of England. Jesse wrote Literary and Historical Memorials of London (1847), London and its Celebrities (1850), and a new edition of this work as London: its Celebrated Characters and Remarkable Places (1871). His Memoirs of Celebrated Etonians appeared in 1875.
'Grangerising' - a commonly used term for extra-illustration. In 1769, James Granger published A Biographical History of England with blank leaves for the addition of portraits, etc. to the taste of the purchaser. Hence grangerising, for the practice he formalized and promoted. Grangerised or extra-illustrated books, as they are now more commonly called, are copies which have had added to them, either by a private owner or professionally, engraved portraits, prints, etc., usually cut out of other books, and sometimes also autograph letters, documents and drawings. (John Carter).
A full listing of all the plates is available upon request.