3 December 2010
[EDWARDS OF HALIFAX, bindery]. -- STERNE, Laurence (1713-1768). The Beauties of Sterne; including all his Pathetic Tales & most distinguished Observations on Life. Selected for the Heart of Sensibility. London: C. Etherington for G. Kearsley, 1783.
12o (178 x 102 mm). Engraved portrait vignette on title (some browning and spotting). Contemporary vellum, covers with a gilt pentaglyph and metope roll border on a blue wash background within a gilt dog-tooth roll, covers painted under the vellum in grisaille, the upper cover showing a woman seated beneath a tree with a dog, a departing carriage in the background (oval: 103x73 mm), the lower cover showing a vignette of three dancing girls and a piper; smooth spine gilt-lettered on a blue wash background and divided into 6 compartments by blue wash and gilt bands, the remaining 5 compartments each with a repeated gilt-tooled ornamental panel with a vase in the center, edges gilt concealing a CONTEMPORARY FORE-EDGE PAINTING OF A RURAL SCENE WITH PLOUGHING (some slight loss of blue to spine). Provenance: Estelle Doheny (bookplate; her sale Christie's Camarillo California, 1 February 1988, lot 614).
Weber I, p.137.
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