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Catholic Miracles
London: Printed for Knight and Lacey, and Westley and Tyrrell, Dublin, 1825. - Last Seen At Auction in 1930Cruikshank Lampoons Catholic MiraclesThe Fairfax Rhodes Copy[CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator]. Catholic Miracles. Illustrated With Seven Designs, Including Characteristic Portrait of Prince Hohenlohe, by George Cruikshank, To Which Is Added, A Reply to Cobbett's Defence of Catholicism, and His Libel on the Reformation. London: Printed for Knight and Lacey, and Westley and Tyrrell, Dublin, 1825. First edition. Octavo (9 x 5 1/2 in; 226 x 139 mm). [4], 102, [2, catalogue] pp. Seven hand-colored engravings on four plates. Bound c. 1910 by Riviére and Son (stamped to verso of front free-endpaper) in full tan calf. Gilt decorated compartments, crimson spine labels. Gilt dentelles. Original wrappers preserved at end. Armorial bookplate of Fairfax Rhodes. A fine copy.Though found in seventeen international institutions it is scarce in the marketplace, with only two copies at auction within the last ninety years: in 1923 and eighty-three years ago, in 1930.A defense of Protestantism, "to expose the modern Catholic miracles by exhibiting the ancient ones; and thereby to ridicule the monstrous and absurd pretensions to miraculous powers, which the church of Rome has, in all ages, set up" (Introduction), with the great Cruikshank providing satiric cartoons.Robert Riviere (1808-1882) apprenticed to Messrs. Allman, the booksellers, of Princes Street, Hanover Square, London. In 1829 he established himself at Bath as a bookseller, and self-taught bookbinder. He came to London in 1840 where he commenced business as a bookbinder. The excellent workmanship and good taste displayed in Robert Riviere's bindings gradually won for them the appreciation of connoisseurs, and he was largely employed by the Duke of Devonshire, Samuel Christie-Miller, Captain Francis Capper Brooke and other great collectors. He also bound for the queen and the royal family. In the Great Exhibition of 1851 he exhibited several examples of his skill, and he obtained a medal. The binding of Riviere, in the quality of the materials, the forwarding, and in the finish and delicacy of the tooling deserve almost unqualified commendation. Taking into consideration the fact that he was entirely self-taught, his bindings are wonderful specimens of artistic taste, skill, and perseverance. Riviere bindings may be dated approximately by the stamped signature inside the front covers: Bound by R. Riviere, Bath means 1829–32; Bound by R. Riviere means 1832–40; Bound by Riviere means 1840–c.1860; Bound by Riviere & Son means after 1880. The heirs of George Bayntun of Bath bought out Riviere & Sons in 1939.Renowned book collector Fairfax Rhodes was born in 1845. His father was a wealthy stockbroker who had major investments and shares in one of the largest mining companies in Yorkshire, based at Middleton Colliery. He graduated from Trinity College in 1870 and was called to the Bar in the same year. His career spanned several decades in which he served as a Barrister, and became a captain in the Royal Sussex Artillery Militia during 1879-80. He continued to practice law and also served as a Justice of the Peace when he moved to Brockhampton Park in Gloucestershire in 1900. Colonel Fairfax Rhodes died on the 2nd December 1928. He bequeathed his large collection of books to the Cambridge Union Society in his will, along with provision for their safe keeping.Cohn 122. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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