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[Binding, Fine- Guild of Women Binders Monumental Highpoint- Pictured in "Bindings of Tomorrow, Bound by Helen Schofield] More English Fairy Tales
London: J. D. Batten, 1894. First edition. Exquisite and precocious binding, thoroughly stunning in every way, fully designed and executed by Helen Schofield, the Guild of Women Binders in gorgeous full red sumptous morocco with stunning sytlized butterfly designs in "198 green and yellow inlays," [per Anstruther, see below], the butterfuly motif being expanded in full doublures in striking gilt-tooled design. Complicated and assymetric inlays in ochre, maroon, dark green and dark brown. As well, all of the design components are each bordered in gilt, with some of the objects containing all-over gilt stippling. A ground-breaking binding, pictured in color and described in Anstruther's "The Bindings of To-morrow," 1902, thus dating the binding early in the pantheon of Guild production. Pictured in G. Elliot Anstruther's book on the record of work of the Guild of Women Binders [London, 1902, Printed for the Guild], Entry No. 20, "...scarlet morocco, centre panels of dark red mooccos, border design of conventialised butterflies, in 198 green and yellow inlays; scarlet morocc doublures, with gold-tooled butterfly design; vellum fly-leaves, uncut. Designed and Executed by Miss Helen Schofield. Size 10 X 6 1/4." Not only expert craftsmanship, but here we have the mix of creative, forward-thinking design, blended with technical expertise, and for this reason, one of the more important Guild bindings to every appear, since it represented a break from tradition. The design motifs, featuring the butterfly theme, stylized into design are striking to say the least. As well, the technical prowess needed to not only produce the dyed piece for onlay, but also arrange and balance the design is phenomenal. The pattern repeats on both covers, with a nice augmentation to the spine, which is smooth, with four lines of gilt lettering near the top. To further jewell this crown, Schofield has tooled in gilt on full matching red morocco doublures a wonderful stylized butterly design, front and back. Gorgeous stiff vellum free endsheets with "Guild of Women Binders," stamped pallet on front lower sheet. TEG. One of 160 Copies on Japan Vellum. All of the illustrations handsomely hand-colored in light watercolor, likely by Gloria Cardew. #19 of "Forty-Nine Foreign Bookbindings..." Tom Boss. Boston, Club of Odd Volumes. Except for a faint hairline wearing of the outer margin of front spine, this binding (and book) is in extremely fine condition. The importance of this stellar Guild binding cannot be minimized.
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