London: John C. Nimmo, 1886. Item #04557
A Superb Early Example of a Bayntun 'Inlaid' Binding
BAYNTUN, Binder. GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield. With prefatory memoir by George Saintsbury. And One Hundred and Fourteen Coloured Illustrations. London: John C. Nimmo, 1886.
Large octavo (9 3/4 x 6 3/8 inches; 247 x 162 mm.). [iv], [xvi], , [1, blank], 291, [1, blank] pp. Illustrated throughout with over one hundred and forty delicately colored text illustrations by Victor-Armand Poirson.
Handsomely bound ca. 1900 by Bayntun (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in) "Bayntun, Binder, Bath, Eng." Full red crushed levant morocco, covers decoratively tooled in gilt, front cover with a superb figure of 'The Vicar' on horseback inlaid in several different colored morocco's. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board-edges and turn-ins, pink marbled paper liners and end-leaves, all edges gilt. A superb early example of a Bayntun 'inlaid' binding. Fine.
"The Vicar of Wakefield is a novel by Irish writer Oliver Goldsmith. It was written in 1761 and 1762, and published in 1766, and was one of the most popular and widely read 18th-century novels among Victorians. The novel is mentioned in George Eliot's Middlemarch, Jane Austen's Emma, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins, Charlotte Brontë's The Professor and Villette, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, as well as his Dichtung und Wahrheit." (Wikipedia).
Victor-Armand Poirson (1858-1893) was a French artist and illustrator of comic genre subjects. He illustrated The Vicar of Wakefield byOliver Goldsmith in 1886, Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert in 1887, The Donkey of Lucius (translation of Paul-Louis Courier ) in 1887, The War of Carlo Monge in 1886, The Tale of the Archer by Armand Silvestre in 1883 (engraved watercolors by Gillot). He worked for the illustrated newspapers Modern Life , The Black Cat or The Journal of Youth and he contributed to The Graphic, 1888-89.