New York and London: Chiwick Press:- Charles Whittingham and Co,, . Item #05214
A Fine Extra-Illustrated Set of The Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Finely Bound Almost Certainly by The Harcourt Bindery of Boston
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. [The Crown Edition of] The Poets of Great Britain. Extra Illustrated Copy of the Aldine Edition of the British Poets. New York and London: Chiwick Press:- Charles Whittingham and Co,, . Five small octavo volumes.
Five small octavo volumes (6 1/2 x 4 inches; 165 x 102 mm.). [iii]-lxvi, -203, [1, blank]; [vi], -294, [1, printers device], [1, blank]; [iii]-xii, -380; [iii]-x; -345, [1, printers device]; [iii]-xiv, -366, [1, printers device], [1, blank] pp. Title-pages printed in black and red. The last volume contains an index of first lines and a general index.
Extra-illustrated by the insertion of twenty-six engraved plates, including eight hand-colored.
Handsomely bound almost certainly by The Harcourt Bindery ca. 1900, in full red morocco, covers with double gilt border with fancy corner-pieces, enclosing a spray of flowers elaborately stamped in gilt and with green morocco leaf inlays and buff morocco inlaid flowers. Spines with four raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments and with three olive green morocco flower inlays. Highly decorative gilt turn-ins surrounding an oval panel of green morocco decorated in gilt with a large central gilt flower with inlaid red morocco flower head, green moire silk end-leaves, all edges gilt. Minimal rubbing to joints, otherwise fine. Although unsigned the binding is almost certainly by The Harcourt Bindery.
We believe this to be 1/10 copies specially bound and extra-illustrated.
The Harcourt Bindery of Boston has made fine cloth and leather art bindings by hand since 1900. It remains the largest for-profit hand bookbindery in the U.S. When it was founded in 1900, Boston was home to over 47 book binderies and 1,452 craftsmen, according to the company’s website. Few large binderies exist today. Before the 1930s, there were about fifteen people working in the Harcourt Bindery; the number fell to five during the Depression, and the company changed hands three times between 1927 and 1931. When binder Sam Ellenport took over Harcourt in 1971, there were only four employees. In 2008, Ellenport sold the Harcourt Bindery to Acme Bookbinding of Boston.