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Commonplace book, album of poetry, prints and watercolors compiled by Mrs. Priscilla Vickers of Bridgenorth, Shropshire, England
[London: De La Rue, Cornish & Rock], ca. 1829-1832 - A commonplace book of particular interest for its embossed binding manufactured by De La Rue, Cornish and Rock. From 1829 through 1832 Thomas de la Rue (1793-1866) partnered with Samuel Cornish and William Rock to manufacture cards, embossed papers and playing cards. "[De La Rue] produced a number of fine albums, annuals, etc, stamped on the back and sides with very finely executed blind imprints -" (Ramsden). The De La Rue company, still in operation, is now one of the world's largest printers of commercial notes and paper (BINDING, DE LA RUE, CORNISH & ROCK) Square 8vo. 22 original drawings, numerous plates (some hand-colored) pasted-in, on variously colored leaves, some with embossed frames by De La Rue & Co, London, manuscript verses throughout. [57] ll. Contemporary dark purple morocco, covers embossed in blind with large die of a rococo frame design surrounding a central diamond, gilt-ruled border, spine embossed in blind by a die with a cathedral design, titled in gilt and signed by the binder ("De La Rue, Cornish & Rock") on the spine, a.e.g., pink moire pastedowns. Very slight rubbing to binding edges, light dampstaining to a few leaves, endpapers evidently removed. For binding, cf. Maggs 1212, II, no 241; Ramsden, London Bookbinders, p. 59 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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