London: John Murray, 1841. Item #05212
In a Fine Pictorial Binding by Kelliegram
[KELLIEGRAM, binder]. DIBDIN, Charles. Songs, Naval and National, of the Late Charles Dibdin; with a memoir and addenda. Collected and arranged by Thomas Dibdin. With characteristic sketches by George Cruikshank. London: John Murray, 1841.
First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 166 x 101 mm.). xv, , 336 pp. Twelve etched plates by George Cruikshank.
A fine pictorial onlaid binding by Kelliegram of full navy morocco. Gilt single-rule border on covers, front cover with a depiction of a sailing ship executed in multi-colored morocco onlays and framed by a gilt-stamped rope and triton, gilt spine, tooled in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt, red silk liners and endleaves. Stamp-signed by the binder on the back turn-in.
Some minor foxing and offsetting, otherwise a fine copy, handsomely bound.
"Kelliegram bindings were one of many innovations of the English commercial binding firm of Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade in London, having been founded in 1770 by John Kellie, as the name was then spelled. The binding firm was carried on by successive members of the family into the 1930s. William Henry Kelly significantly developed the company in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by William Henry, Jr., Henry, and Hubert Kelly, who took control in 1892, taking the firm into the twentieth century.