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[BINDING -- RESTORATION]. ALLESTREE, Richard (1619-81). The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety... Written by the Author of the Whole Duty of Man. London: R. Norton for Robert Pawlett, 1675.
[BINDING -- RESTORATION]. ALLESTREE, Richard (1619-81). The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety... Written by the Author of the Whole Duty of Man. London: R. Norton for Robert Pawlett, 1675.

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[BINDING -- RESTORATION]. ALLESTREE, Richard (1619-81). The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety... Written by the Author of the Whole Duty of Man. London: R. Norton for Robert Pawlett, 1675.

8o (184 x 116 mm). 2 engraved plates. Bound in contemporary black goatskin by the Devotional Binder, the covers tooled with an attractive all-over design of drawer-handle tools, cluster of circles, various floral designs etc., many picked out with maroon or silver paint, spine in seven compartments with drawer-handles and floral designs, comb-marbled endpapers, gilt edges (some light wear to joints and corners, light rubbing to sides). Provenance: Mary Jones (ownership inscription); W. Moreton (bookplate).

A typical example from one of the rarer Restoration workshops, which was active from about 1670 to 1685. The "Devotional" binder was first identified by G.D. Hobson in Bindings in Cambridge Libraries, pp. 152-153 and was so named by Hobson because nearly all his bindings are found on devotional works. The design of this binding is almost identical to the example illustrated as plate 86 in Nixon English Restoration Bookbindings. Wing A-1103.
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