3 December 2010
[EDWARDS OF HALIFAX, bindery]. -- MASON, William. The English Garden: A Poem. In Four Books. York: A. Ward for J. Dodsley, 1783.
8o (187 x 112 mm). (Some light offsetting.) Contemporary vellum, covers with a gilt metope and pentaglyph roll border on a blue wash background within a gilt dog-tooth roll enclosing a gilt vine-leaf border, gilt Bacchanalian goat mask upper cornerpieces and Sphinx lower cornerpieces, upper cover with a drawing under the vellum on a pale blue painted background showing a young woman pouring a drink from a ewer (oval, 117x63 mm), the lower cover with a drawing under the vellum showing two figures standing before some ruins, smooth spine gilt-lettered on a blue wash background and divided into 6 compartments by blue wash and gilt bands, the remaining compartments with alternating gilt ornaments, edges gilt concealing a fore-edge painting of A RUINED ABBEY FRAMED WITHIN AN INTERLACING FLORAL BORDER (slight loss to blue wash border on lower cover); original green straight-grained morocco slipcase, worn; modern folding case. Provenance: Cholmondeley Family of Vale Royal (early inscription in ink); Estelle Doheny (bookplate; her sale Christie's New York, 21 February 1989, lot 1935.
Weber I, p.137, illustrations facing pp.20 and 21; Weber II, p.7, illustration facing.
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