London: Cassell and Company Ltd., . Item #05089
A Fine Cosway-Style Binding by Bayntun (Rivière)
Extra Illustrated with Twelve Plates
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, binders. BUCHAN, John. Sir Walter Scott. London: Cassell and Company Ltd., .
First edition. Octavo (8 5/8 x 6 inches; 219 x 152 mm.). 388 pp. Extra illustrated by the insertion of twelve plates, three of which are hand colored.
A fine Cosway-Style binding by Bayntun (Rivière) ca. 1940, stamp signed in gilt on front turn-in. Full sangria red morocco, covers elaborately tooled in gilt in a fine thistle design. Front cover with a fine hand-painted oval portrait miniature (3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches; 82 x 63 mm.) of a young Sir Walter Scott, set under glass and surrounded by a fine thistle design in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled with a thistle design and lettered in gilt in compartments. Decorative gilt board edges and wide turn-ins. Marbled liners and endleaves, all edges gilt. Housed in the original felt-lined purple cloth clamshell case, spine lettered in gilt.
The Extra Illustrations:
Facing p.72, hand colored portrait of Francis Jeffrey, Esq.
Facing p.83, engraved portrait of Wm. Gifford, Esq.
Facing p.122, hand colored portrait of Henry Mackenzie
Facing p.174, inlaid full length portrait of 'The Editor of the Quarterly' (Henry Mackenzie)
Facing p.179, engraved view 'The Peel Tower in the Village of Darnick near Abbotsford'
Facing p.202, inlaid engraved portrait of Mrs. J.G. Lockhart eldest daughter of Sir Walter Scott
Facing p.215, engraved view 'Hall at Abbotsford'
Facing p.217, hand colored engraved view 'The Pavilion on the Tweed near Abbotsford'
Facing p.226, engraved view 'Rhymes Glen, Abbotsford'
Facing p.259, inlaid engraved portrait of 'Adam Fergusson, l.L.D. F.R.S.E.'
Facing p.275, inlaid engraved portrait of 'Thomas Moore'
Facing p.348, portrait of 'Léon Tolstoy'
John Buchan (1875-1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada. Born in Perth, he studied classics at the University of Glasgow. He became a prolific author of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, with involvement in over 100 books. His works include The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle.