BINDING -- Ludovicus Guilielmus Ferguson TEPPER. Poloniam imperio Romano Germanico nunquam subjectam. Strasbourg: J.H.Heitz, [n.d. but 1789].
4° (283 x 223mm). PRINTED ON VELLUM. FINE PRESENTATION NEEDLEWORK BINDING: white silk shot-through with silver thread, with elaborate raised work in gold and silver thread and sequins, and variously coloured silks, the covers with wide decorative borders of scrolling stylised foliage, bordered by gold thread and sequins, with, at the top an urn and at the foot a puti holding aloft a basket of flowers, the upper cover with a central panel containing the arms of King Stanislas II Augustus, of Poland, surrounded by various trophies of war, with foliage in the foreground. The lower cover with the central panel worked in gold thread and sequins with a vase on a mount, with side-branches, all intertwined with flowers, swags and garlands worked in variously-coloured silk thread, the flat spine similarly worked in silver and gold thread and sequins with green-silk climbing sinuous foliage, the turn-ins edged with gold thread and sequins, pale blue satin liners, g.e. (very light occasional rubbing, slightly more pronounced along the edges of the covers). Provenance: STANISLAS II AUGUSTUS, KING OF POLAND (1732-1798, binding); John Hely-Hutchinson (Chippenham Lodge, Ely, booklabel dated 1948, sale Sothebys, 14 March 1956, lot 597).
A VERY FINE AND UNUSUAL EMBROIDERED BINDING on a doctoral thesis, BOUND IN ?FRANCE IN THE NEO-CLASSICAL STYLE FOR PRESENTATION TO THE KING OF POLAND. The embroidery is of very high quality which is particularly evident on the central panel on the upper cover: the arms are encircled by the collar of the Order of the Holy Spirit, the trophies grouped around the arms include flags, drums, pistols, a cannon, classical roman armour and a mortar. The title gives a date of 29th April 1789 for the thesis, the printing and presentation would undoubtedly appear to have followed shortly afterwards.