London: Peter Owen Limited, 1951. Item #05062
A Fine Cosway-Style Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. SAPONARO, Michele. Michelangelo. Translated from the Italian by C.J. Richards. London: Peter Owen Limited, .
First edition, second impression. Octavo (9 x 5 7/8 inches; 229 x 149 mm.). viii, -201, [1, blank] pp. Thirty-two photogravure plates (on sixteen sheets) at end.
Finely bound ca. 1951 in the Cosway-Style by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in. Full red crushed levant morocco, covers with triple-gilt borders and elaborate gilt fleurons. Front cover with a gilt metal framed, square portrait of the Virgin Mary under glass measuring 1 5/8 x 1/14 inches, set into front board. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, royal blue morocco doublures, front doublure with elaborate gilt design in center, purple silk-moire end papers, all edges gilt.
Foot of spine with gilt initials "B.C.H" of Ohio collector B.C. Hoffman.
A beautiful example celebrating the life and works of the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo.
Sangorski & Sutcliffe, one of the leading bookbinders in London, was established in 1901 by Francis Sangorski (1875-1912) and George Sutcliffe (1878-1943). It is considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century, famous for its luxurious jeweled bindings that used real gold and precious stones in their book covers. Here, the bindery's mastery of the Cosway-style binding is gloriously displayed.
Michele Saponaro (1885-1959) Italian writer and biographer. From its opening pages, Saponaro's biography makes a clear argument that Michelangelo was the most talented and influential artist of the Italian Renaissance. Comparing the Flight from Egypt with the artist's own birth and emigration, Saponaro urges readers to see that like Christ himself, Michelangelo was marked for greatness from the start. Drawn from humble beginnings as the son of a stone-cutter, he would develop into a master painter and sculptor, ultimately gaining the most powerful patron of all: the Pope and his Church. Richards' poetic translation captures the imagination, giving the biography an almost novelistic feel. Yet as the narrative concludes with Michelangelo's death and interment in Florence, a series of 32 photographic plates of his greatest work serve as a visible reminder of his very real place in Western history. An exceptional copy celebrating the master's life and work.