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The Poetical Works
Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh 1857 - Engraved frontispiece, additional title and plates. 8vo. [195 x 120 x 42 mm]. 746, [2] pp. Contemporary binding by J. Wright (signed with an ink pallet on the front endleaf) of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a border composed of a double fillet and repeated impressions of a crested tool, fleurons, circles and dots, and a central block of leafy stems, with two birds and a snail. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second, the others filled with various small tools, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, yellow endleaves, gilt edges. (Slightly rubbed). "John Wright was one of the leading London binders in the not very distinguished period between 1830 and 1860. He is first noted as being in business in Robson's directory for 1833, when his address is given as Blenheim Street, but he may well have been established for some years before that. In 1834 he succeeded J. Bickers, bookbinder, in Noel Street, and remained there, according to Kelly's directory, until his death in 1854 from an outbreak of cholera, which carried off also his nephew, two women and two men from his staff. Wright's firm must have been of some size, for despite these losses it carried on under the Trustees of the late Jno. Wright until 1863, after which its premises were taken over by Walter S. Hammond." - Nixon, The Oldaker Collection, no.39. Ramsden praised him as "a binder of the highest order" and John Ramage was one of his apprentices.
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