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The Tower of London; a Historical Romance
Henry G. Bohn 1844 - 3/4 leather by Riviere. Gilt ruled. 6 spine compartments. Light shelf wear. All edges gilt. 40 engraved plates by GeorgeCruikshank. 5th ed, but with the plates at pages 16, 28, 45 in second state. Cohn 14. Frontis shows the beheading of Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554). A lovely copy, pleasing to the eye and touch. Robert Riviere (1808-1882) was a noted English bookbinder of Huguenot descent. "The excellent workmanship and good taste displayed in his bindings gradually won for them the appreciation of connoisseurs, and he was largely employed by the Duke of Devonshire, Mr. Christie-Miller, Captain 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. He was chosen by the council to bind one thousand copies of the large ?Illustrated Catalogue,? intended for presentation to ?all the crowned heads in Europe? and other distinguished persons. It is said that two thousand skins of the best red morocco, as well as fifteen hundred yards of silk for the linings of the covers, were used by Riviere for this undertaking. He also restored and bound the famous Domesday Book, now preserved in the Record Office, an excellent piece of work. While the binding of Riviere, like that of his equally celebrated fellow-craftsman, Francis Bedford, is deficient in originality, it is in all other respects?in the quality of the materials, the forwarding, and in the finish and delicacy of the tooling?deserving of 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." - DNB [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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