Roger Payne English Bookbinder of the Eighteenth Century

Roger Payne English Bookbinder of the Eighteenth Century

Davenport, Cyril, V.D., F.S.A.

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Price: $375.00

Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: The Caxton Club
Date Published: 1929
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very good
Book Id: 648


A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original red boards with the spine lettered and decorated in gilt and the boards decorated with a fancy gilt decoration boxed within two gilt lines, closed page block's top edge gilt (spine sunned and with some scattered surface rubs, surface scratching and some fading to the each board -- no dust jacket), and being one of 250 copies issued in this Limited Edition, containing a frontispiece, 32 Plates, some in colour and some in black and white (each with its own tissue guard -- many of which are loose and one of which is stuck to Plate 7 beneath it), and 28 illustrations in the text. Roger Payne (1739-1797) was a highly-regarded English Bookbinder. Per Wikipedia: Payne, who was considered by some to have originated a new style of bookbinding, and whose work was influenced by that of Samuel Mearn and other binders working near the end of the 17th century. His most significant work was executed either in Russia leather or in straight-grained Morocco, usually of a dark blue, bright red, or olive colour. The end papers were usually purple or some other plain colour. Payne's main patrons were Earl Spencer, the Duke of Devonshire, Colonel Thomas Stanley, and Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode; the books he bound for Lord Spencer went to the John Rylands Library at Manchester. A large-paper copy of Robert Potter's translation of Ęschylus, printed at Glasgow in 1795, in which are contained John Flaxman's original drawings, bound in blue Morocco, has been called Payne's masterpiece. Other noted works were: Thomas East's edition of the Storye of Kynge Arthur, bound in red Morocco, and the Genoa edition of Tasso's Gierusalemme Liberata, 1590, in olive Morocco (British Library); and a copy of the first folio of Shakespeare, 1623, bound in Russia. A Very Good copy of this notable Limited Edition issued in only 250 copies.

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