Edinburgh and London: Constable and Co.,and Hurst, Chace and Co., 1828. Item #04624
A Fine Cosway-Style Binding
Extra-Illustrated by the Insertion of Twenty-One Plates
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BAYNTUN RIVIÈRE, binders. BURNS, Robert. LOCKHART, J.G.
Life of Robert Burns. Edinburgh: Constable and Co., and London: Hurst, Chance, and Co., 1828.
First edition. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 215 x 133 mm.). viii, 446p. Illustrated with vignette engraving as head piece on first text page, extra illustrated with twenty-one plates of portraits and views, of which five are hand colored.
A fine 'Extra-Illustrated' Cosway-Style binding ca. 1940 by Bayntun Rivière (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in). Full brown crushed levant morocco, both covers with an elaborate 'thistle' design in gilt, the upper cover with a fine oval portrait miniature set under glass of a young Robert Burns. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt and with small green inlays in the thistles. Decorative gilt board-edges and turn-ins, gray watered silk liners and endleaves, all edges gilt.
A very fine example. Housed in it's original felt-lined red cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt.
List of Extra Illustrations:
1. Frontispiece. Portrait of Robert Burns (hand colored)
2. Ayr. The TWA Brigs
3. Portrait of James Currie, M.D. F.R.S. (hand colored)
4. Portrait of John Moore M.D.
5. Mossgiel (hand colored view)
6. Portrait of Allan Cunningham
7. Portrait of James Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn
8. Portrait of Allan Ramsay
9. Portrait of Adam Smith
10. Portrait of Dugald Stewart, Esq. F.R.S.
11. Field of Bannockeurn. From the Gillie’s Hill
12. Portrait of Lord Byron (hand colored)
14. Portrait of Francis Grose F.S.A.
15. Portrait of William Pitt. OB. 1806
16. Portrait of Mrs. Dunlop
18. Portrait of Mrs. Lewis Hay
19. Brow (hand colored view)
20. Portrait of James Glencairn Burns
21. “Yours very truly, J. Campbell
John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854) was a Scottish writer and editor. He is best known as the author of a biography of his father-in-law Sir Walter Scott, which has been called the second most admirable in the English language, after Boswell's Life of Johnson. In 1828 he published his somewhat controversial Life of Robert Burns.