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Allestree, Richard]
English Cottage-Roof Binding]. The Works of the learned and pious Author of the Whole Duty of Man
Printed at the Theater [.] by Roger Norton, for Edward Paulet, Oxford, 1704. Large folio, pp. [16], 456; [12], 242, [6], 243-324, [6], with an engraved frontispiece and engraved title- page vignette, both by Van der Gucht; 'The Whole Duty of Man' and 'The Second Part of the Works' each have a separate title-page dated 1703 and 1704 respectively; some occasional light foxing. Extremely handsome binding of contemporary red morocco, gilt, to a cottage-roof design, onlaid corner-pieces of citron and a central lozenge of black morocco, all gilt with massed small floral tools, part-onlaid and part painted flower motifs (tulips, peonies and a distinctive and unusual poppy-head), spine gilt in compartments with further onlays, gilt, gauffered edges, striking endpapers of pulled paste paper in red, purple, green and yellow; some expert repairs along binding extremities, but an extraordinary copy. A superb inlaid Cottage-Roof bookbinding, executed for a woman by an as-yet unidentified British craftsman of exceptional artistry and technical skill. Mirjam Foot has linked our binding to two other examples, both considerably smaller, namely: 1). Mary Astell "Christian Religion," London, 1705, in the Henry Davis Gift (II, no. 155); 2). Old Testament, 1703 formerly in the J.R. Abbey Collection (G.D. Hobson, English Bindings of J. R. Abbey, no. 69 = his sale, 1967, Third Portion, lot 1687, now unlocated). We note with interest that the Henry Davis example was likewise bound for a woman collector (Elizabeth Berners) and features - on the fore-edge - a painted motto underneath the gold: "Prox … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC [Lockhart, TX, U.S.A.]

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