Lot 39 of 253:
Fine Cosway Style Binding by Bayntun  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$3,600
Estimate:
$1,000 - $1,500

Title:
William Blake: A Critical Essay
Author:
Swinburne, Algernon Charles
Place:
London
Publisher:
John Camden Hotten
Date:
1868
Description:

viii, 304 pp. 9 full page plates including frontispiece and additional illustrated title page. Extra-illustrated with 32 additional plates reproducing works by Blake, each with a printed tissue-guard. (8vo) 21.5x13.5 cm (8½x5¼") superbly bound by Bayntun in a Cosway-style binding of full blue crushed morocco, front cover with an elaborate grapevine and gilt rule border surrounding and inset watercolor portrait of William Blake, rear cover with gilt-rule borders and a simpler grapevine device in gilt at center, spine in six compartments with tall gilt-topped raised bands dividing, two compartments lettered with the title and author's name, the other four with gilt grape devices, gilt-ruled dentelles with decorative corner devices, moire silk doublures and endleaves, two attached ribbon bookmarks, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom blue morocco and cloth drop-front clamshell box with gilt-lettered spine. Box by Albert Oldach & Son of Philadelphia. First Edition.

A superb example of Cosway-style bindings. This volume last appeared at auction in 1974 at Sotheby's, The Library of Gordon A. Block, Jr.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Volume fine, light wear to box.
 
Item number:
283701
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