Item #05711 The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion, COSWAY BINDING, RIVIÈRE, binders SON, artist MISS C. B. CURRIE, ANONYMOUS.
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,
The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,

The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion,

London: Henry Colburn, 1847. Item #05711

An Exceptionally Fine Cosway Binding
With a Superb Hand Painted Portrait Miniature of Queen Elizabeth I
By Miss C.B. Currie

[COSWAY BINDING]. [ANONYMOUS]. The Book of Costume: or, Annals of Fashion, From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. By a Lady of Rank. Illustrated with upwards of 200 engravings on wood by the most eminent artists. London: Henry Colburn, 1847. New edition 1847 stated on title page (first printed the previous year in 1846).

Large octavo (9 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches; 238 x 146 mm.). Colored lithograph frontispiece, xii, [1]-482 pp.

Handsomely bound in full blue crushed levant morocco ca. 1929 by Rivière and Sons, binders stamp on the lower front turn-in, and that of Mrs. C.B. Currie on the rear turn-in. Front cover elaborately decorated in gilt with two sunken panels above and below a large oval miniature of Queen Elizabeth I, hand painted by Miss C.B. Currie, inset under slightly convex glass. Rear cover with a simple design of gilt rules, rolls and corner-pieces. Spine with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges. decorative gilt turn-ins, cream silk liners and end-leaves, top edge gilt. Housed in the original full dark brown morocco pull-off slip-case by Rivière & Son.

An exceptional example of a Cosway Binding in absolutely perfect condition in its original full morocco case.

With a gift note tipped onto the recto of a front blank "A.H.C.F. [Adelaide H.C. Frick] from H.C.F. [Helen Clay Frick] Xmas 1914."

Adelaide Frick was the wife of Henry Frick and mother of Helen Clay Frick. Also a loosely inserted hand-written note with the title & a very brief description of the binding - most likely in the hand of an employee of Sotheran's of Sackville Street, London.

"Miss C.B. Currie" (December 12, 1849 - April 2, 1940) was the miniaturist artist of all the genuine Cosway bindings. Born in Cornwall, England, Caroline Billin Curry was also one of the most prominent fore-edge artists in the twentieth-century. A master of the art of miniature painting, she excelled as a copyist working for Henry Sotheran Booksellers, London. She became famous for her miniature paintings applied to two art forms. First, mounted on Rivière bindings and named by her employer as "Cosway" bindings. Later she expanded her work into the art of painting on the fanned edge of a book - called a fore-edge painting. She would often take the idea for a painting from an illustration in the nook - in this case she has taken the idea from a woodacut illustration of Queen Elizabeth I (see page 101).

Provenance: Helen Clay Frick's copy, with her wood-engraved bookplate on the verso of a front blank, depicting her father reading in the Living Hall of his New York residence, designed and engraved by Timothy Cole, 1929.

Price: $16,500.00