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PRESENTED TO THOMAS BIRD BY THE PROPRIETOR
1. ACKERMANN (Rudolph).
Views of Churches, Public Buildings, Squares, &c. in London & its Environs, Engraved for Ackermann's Repository, and Presented to Thomas Bird, by the Proprietor.
78 aquatint plates, including folding frontispiece and one double-page plate, all but two with fine contemporary hand-colouring.
Large 8vo. [258 x 182 x 25 mm]. Contemporary binding by W.H. and I. Parker of Hereford (with their ticket) of half straight-grained red goatskin, splash marbled paper sides, the spine divided into five panels by double bands tooled with gilt solid and broken fillets, lettered in the second and fourth panels, the others with a gilt quatrelobe centre tool, splash marbled endleaves and edges. (A little rubbed).
[London: Rudolph Ackermann] 1817 £3500 A number of plates have been cut round and mounted to bring them up to size. The folding frontispiece is slightly frayed at the edges, but the plates are all clean and beautifully coloured.
A rare, bespoke collection of plates assembled from Ackermann's Repository of Arts with a unique letterpress title-page presenting the volume to Thomas Bird, FSA of Hereford. The volume was bound for Bird by Parker of Hereford, with an attractive ticket which reads "Bound by W.H. & I. Parker, Bookseller, Broad Street, Hereford".
Parker is not listed in Ramsden, Bookbinders of the United Kingdom (Outside London) 1780-1840 or Spawn and Kinsella, Ticketed Bookbindings from NineteenthCentury Britain.
Ackermann's Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics was published in monthly parts between 1809 and 1829, with 1432 handcoloured plates. A collation of parts and plates is given in Abbey, Life in England, 212 (pp.155-186).
1. With the armorial bookplate of Thomas Bird FSA.
His library was sold in 1837.
2. Pencil inscription on front flyleaf: "No.78. Bought at Christies on Monday July 12th 1886 at Rev. John Thomas Library".
3. Armorial bookplate (upside down inside rear cover) of Henry Arthur Blyth, of Stansted House, Essex and 45 Portland Place, London. There was a sale of his books at Christie's in March 1901.
3. Pencil price of 12/12/- (i.e. 12 guineas).
4. Armorial bookplate of Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), and retained by the family until 2009.
GIVEN TO JOHN BURNS BY SYDNEY COCKERELL2. [ASHENDENE PRESS].
A Book of Songs and Poems from the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.
Printed in red and black, with 12 initials letters filled in by hand in blue by Graily Hewitt, printer's device on the colophon.
8vo. [193 x 133 x 9 mm]. 62,  pp. Bound in the original limp vellum, the front cover with the bold black ink signature of John Burns dated 1904, spine lettered in gilt, plain endleaves, untrimmed edges. [ebc4308].
Chelsea: Ashendene Press 1904 £2000
Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962) was in 1904 working as a partner in Emery Walker's process engraving business, having previously held positions as secretary to the Kelmscott Press and de facto private secretaries to William Morris and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. In 1907 he married Florence Kingsford and the following year became Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell (1866-1948), was his elder brother (the bookbinder Douglas was a younger brother). Born in Norwood, Theodore studied botany in the field in Colorado 1887-90. In 1903-04 he was curator of the Colorado College Museum, in 1904 he became lecturer on entomology and in 1906 he was promoted to professor of systematic zoology at the University of Colorado. He was one of the most prolific taxonomists in history, publishing descriptions of over 9000 species and genera of insects alone. In 1900 he married, as his second wife, Wilmatte Porter (1871-1957) and the two were pioneering environmental conservationists.
John Burns (1858-1943) was born in South Lambeth, the 16th child of a Scottish fitter who subsequently abandoned his family. He left school at the age of 10 and became an apprentice engineer. His radical views and actions led to a series of arrests, but in 1889 he was elected to the London County Council. In 1892 he became MP for Battersea and in 1905 was appointed President of the Local Government Board (the Oxford DNB states that he was the first working man to achieve Cabinet rank, but Henry Broadhurst had a prior claim). In 1914 he transferred to the Board of Trade, but resigned from the government in opposition to the war. From 1919 he was supported by a Carnegie pension worth about £1000 a year, allowing him to indulge his passions for books, cricket and London history (he coined the phrase "The Thames is liquid history"). A substantial part of his library was purchased by the Amalgamated Engineering Union and deposited at London University, but there was enough over for three sales at Sotheby in 1943 and 1944. The first part contained his collection of books on London, the second comprised books relating to Sir Thomas More, including over 100 editions of Utopia (with two copies of the 1516 first edition, fetching £660 and £650) and the third offered 715 miscellaneous lots and raised £15,243.5.0.
Sold in part III of "The Famous Library of the late Rt. Hon. John Burns, P.C., M.P.", Sotheby 24/4/1944, lot 10, for £22 to Maggs.
3. The Holy Bible, Containing The Old Testament and The New; Translated out of The Original Tongues; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches.
12mo. [122 x 70 x 33 mm]. Contemporary binding of straight-grained olive goatskin, the covers with a gilt border of double fillets and an ornamental roll, enclosing a panel formed by a gilt broken fillet with a scallop tool at the corners along with blind rolls and a canopy of small tools at the head and foot, with a circular centrepiece composed of small gilt and blind tools. The spine divided into five panels, the bands tooled in blind, lettered in the second panel, the others elaborately gilt tooled, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, wide turn-ins and matching inside joints tooled in gilt, green watered-silk doublures and endleaves with gilt tooled borders, gilt and heavily gauffered edges. (Very slightly rubbed at the extremities). [ebc941].
London: [by Corrall] for George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1816 £900 Darlow & Moule / Herbert 1637.
The text is printed in small type on fine paper. The binding is very elaborate, with the combination of blind and gilt tooling on the covers, the silk doublures and endleaves with additional gilt tooling, and the ornately gauffered edges.
Ink signature of Frederick Monson at the head of the title, and with a gift inscription to him, dated 1821, on the facing endleaf. Pencil signature of William Rees-Mogg, dated 1956.
TREE CALF DOUBLURES
4. Das Neue Testament unsers herrn und heilandes Jesu Christi, verdeutscht von D.
8vo. [201 x 130 x 32 mm]. 398pp. Contemporary grained red goatskin, the covers with a narrow gilt chain and ball roll border. Smooth spine divided into six panels by a gilt scrolling roll, the corners of the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt floral and ribbon roll, plain turn-ins and matching inside joints enclosing a tree calf doublure with a gilt dart and ball roll border and palmettes in the corners, glazed green free endleaves watermarked "I.F. in Lohr", gilt edges. (The free endleaves slightly stained around the edges from contact with the turn-ins and inside joints). [ebc1986].
Baireuth: 1823 £400 A Lutheran New Testament printed in double columns. COPAC locates only one copy of this edition, at Cambridge.
This binding is most unusual - the covers and spine are left largely unadorned, without any lettering; the tree calf doublures (which may be treated paper) are striking, as are the facing green glazed endleaves; there is an 8mm gap between the edge of the boards and the text block at the fore-edge, but almost no space at the head and foot. It is in very good condition.
EMBROIDERED SILK WRAPPER
5. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the Original tongues;
and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to the Read in Churches.
Six double-page engraved maps.
8vo. [169 x 105 x 42 mm]. Bound in contemporary black goatskin (?) covered with an embroidered silk wrapper, glazed yellow endleaves, gilt edges. (The silk a little worn, a few sections loose and out of square). [ebc4286].
London: printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1857 £300 The maps are a little damp-stained and the Bible has been well used. There is an ink inscription on the front endleaf: "Edward N. T. Ridley June 28th
1858. With Papa & Mama's love, & earnest prayers that you will bless to him the reading of His Holy Word". Edward Ridley enveloped his Bible in a piece of pink, green, gold and white embroidered silk. It is sewn together tightly, making it hard to investigate the underlying binding.
BOUND BY MACDONALD6. [BOYLE (Eleanor Vere)].
A Book of the Heavenly Birthdays. By E.V.B.
Woodcut frontispiece and woodcut vignettes in the text, title printed in red and black.
First Edition. 12mo. [168 x 103 x 20 mm]. xi, [v], 218,  pp. Bound c.1910 by Macdonald of New York (signed in gilt on the rear turn-in) in light brown goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a border of a single fillet, a fillet terminating with a dot and curl, and long stems formed by fillets and gouges with repeated impressions of a solid and a partly open flower head. Smooth spine lettered towards the head between two small compartments containing two impressions of the solid flower head and a circle, and dated at the foot, the long central compartment with a four impressions of the solid flower head and eight impressions of the partly open flower head on long stems, the edges of the boards tooled with a broken fillet, the turn-ins with gilt fillets, the partly open flower head, circles and dots, marbled endleaves, top edge gilt, the others uncut. [ebc4303].
London: Elliot Stock, 1893 £600
A fine copy in an elegant and neatly executed binding.
James Macdonald (1850-1920) was born in Scotland and moved to the United States in 1873. He worked for William Matthews, and then set up his own bindery in New York in 1880. After the Club Bindery was closed in 1909 he purchased the largest part of their stock of tools and the combined collection of c.2800 tools was sold at Christie's in 2000 (for $391,000).
MANUSCRIPT MINUTE BOOKS, PRINTED MATTER AND CUTTINGS
7. [BRISTOL MASTER PRINTERS ASSOCIATION].Three manuscript minute books with additional printed and typed material, 1901-1922.
Vol. 1 (1901-1913), [205 x 159 x 25 mm], ff of lined paper with neat black and blue ink manuscript records of meetings, along with 14 printed notices, eight typed sheets of documents, eight letters and a newspaper cutting. Bound in marbled covered boards with a green cloth spine.
Vol. 2 (1913-1918), [231 x 180 x 25 mm], ff with neat black ink records of meetings, along with 15 printed notices, 29 typed sheets of lists, letters and documents and other insertions. Bound in half blue roan, marbled covered sides, the spine lettered in gilt.
Vol. 3 (1918-1922), [324 x 200 x 10 mm], ff of lined paper with neat black ink manuscript records of "Conferences", along with 19 printed notices, eight manuscript and 14 typed letters and documents, two newspaper clippings and other insertions.
Bound in marbled covered boards, blue cloth spine. [ebc4276].
[Bristol: 26th November 1901 - 5th August 1922] £1000 The three manuscript volumes are accompanied by a further volume of newspaper cuttings compiled by the Bristol Master Printers & Allied Trades Association (the cuttings cover 111 pages, and are dated 1915-1937) and two printed volumes of Circulars and Rules of The Federation of Master Printers & Allied Trades, 1903-06 and 1908.
No.8 ONE OF THE SPECIALS
8. BROOMHEAD (Frank).
The Zaehnsdorfs (1842-1947) Craft Bookbinders.
Colour frontispiece, one colour plate and numerous black and white illustrations.
First Edition. 8vo. [253 x 155 x 19 mm]. 109,  pp. One of 100 special copies bound by Zaehnsdorf in brown goatskin, the covers blocked in gilt with elaborate scroll corners and a lozenge-shaped centrepiece. The spine divided into six panels, lettered in the second and third, the others fully gilt with a Z on a small green goatskin onlay at the foot, green goatskin doublures blocked in gilt with a Z on a brown onlay at the centre, brown goatskin free endleaves, gilt edges. Contained within a cloth slipcase.
London: Private Libraries Association and Zaehnsdorf Limited, 1986 £650 No.17 of 100 special copies in the deluxe binding by Zaehnsdorf and signed by the author. These copies also have two extra colour plates. The last special copy we sold (EBC E-List 2, item 27) was bound in green goatskin, with red goatskin doublures and green endleaves.
9. COATTS (Margot).
Portable Pleasures. Picnics for all Seasons.
20 coloured illustrations, including five full-page, by Ian Beck.