London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1864. Item #04732
A Finely Bound, Finely Illustrated Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
DEFOE, Daniel. WATSON, John Dawson, illustrator. [BAYNTUN, binder]. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. With a portrait; and one hundred illustrations by J. D. Watson, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1864.
Small quarto (8 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches; 216 x 162 mm.). xx, 297,  pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Daniel Defoe and numerous woodcut illustrations throughout the text. Some light sporadic marginal foxing, otherwise fine.
Bound ca. 1925 by Bayntun, Bath (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in). Full blue morocco, covers decoratively ruled in gilt with elaborate gilt and blind corner pieces. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, letterd in gilt in compartments, gilt board-edges and turn-ins, blue marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine example housed in the original? fleece-lined, green cloth slipcase.
Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) which was first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. Thomas Stothard, George Cruikshank and J.J. Grandville had previously illustrated Robinson Crusoe.
John Dawson Watson (1832-1892) was a painter, watercolorist and illustrator. He studied at the Manchester School of Design and at the Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1853 to 1890, the British Institution, the Society of British Artists Suffolk Street, the Old Watercolour Society, the Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere. Painted genre scenes, often of children. His pictures are usually small, painted on panel or board, and show a Pre-Raphaelite feeling for color and detail. He was also a prolific and notable illustrator, producing many designs for books and periodicals. He worked for Once a Week, Good Words, London Society and others; among the many books he illustrated were The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, The Pilgrim's Progress, The Arabian Nights, and Watt's Diine and Floral Songs. Works by him are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Norwich and Liverpool.
Bayntun of Bath. George Bayntun was born in Bath on 4th August 1873. He served his apprenticeship with the Taylor family in Trim Street and started his own bookbinding business in Northumberland Place in 1894. He employed London binders to raise the standard of craftsmanship and soon moved into a larger workshop in Walcot Street. Book Auction Records for 1906 recognized his success: "He has brought intelligence into play as well as high craftsmanship". In 1920 he purchased the bindery business of George Gregory, and in 1939 the Bayntun and Rivière binderies were incorporated into a new set of premises on Manvers Street (Bath), from where the business still operates today. George Bayntun had an especially good relationship with many of the pre-eminent American dealers including Brentano's.