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Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner, The
1853. Robinson Crusoe in a Fine 'Kelliegram' Binding[KELLIEGRAM BINDING]. DEFOE, Daniel. CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator. The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner. With an account of his travels round three parts of the globe, with numerous engravings from drawings, by George Cruikshank. London: David Bogue, 1853. Small octavo (6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches; 168 x 104 mm.). viii, 445, [1, device] pp. Engraved frontispiece, vignette title-page, sixteen engraved plates, each with two images, and several engravings throughout the text. With the original blue cloth front cover and spine bound in at end.In a signed Kelliegram binding, c. 1900, of full dark green crushed levant morocco, covers with single gilt rule enclosing gilt corner ornaments. Upper cover with a fine inlaid design of a sailing ship in tan, brown and green morocco. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled in gilt with sailing ship ornaments and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board-edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, red watered silk paste-downs and end-leaves, top edge gilt. A fine example housed in the original fleece-lined, blue cloth clamshell case (slightly worn)."Kelliegram bindings were one of many innovations of the English commercial binding firm of Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade in London, having been founded in 1770 by John Kellie, as the name was then spelled. The binding firm was carried on by successive members of the family into the 1930s. William Henry Kelly significantly developed the company in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by William Henry, Jr., Henry, and Hubert Kelly, who took control in 1892, taking the firm into the twentieth century.
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