FISHER, Richard (1809-1890) & R.C. FISHER (1841-not before 1906) -- Catalogue of the Valuable and Interesting Library of R.C. Fisher, Esq. (of Hill-Top, Midhurst, Sussex), which will be sold by auction. London: Dryden Press, J. Davy and Sons for Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 21-24 May 1906.
4o (247 x 182 mm). 6 chromolithographic plates by W. Griggs.
BINDING DESIGNED BY T.J. COBDEN-SANDERSON AND EXECUTED AT HIS DOVES BINDERY: gold-tooled orange-brown goatskin, panelled sides with multiple fillets, open circles and dots, spine panelled and lettered in compartiments, gilt turn-ins signed and dated 1908, gilt edges. Provenance: Sydney Cockerell (autograph note of identification on a cutting of a Times article dated 26 Feb. advertising the sale, loosely inserted), whose brother Douglas had been apprenticed to Cobden-Sanderson.
R.C. Fisher had made important additions to his father's extensive collection of early illustrated books, including some in fine bindings. Although they were consigned to auction, "the owner ... hoped throughout that a private sale would be made. Hodge had already shown his skill as a private negotiator... It has been recorded that Fisher "bombarded" Hodge with anxious letters, first fearing that the books would after all go to the uncertainties of an auction, and then, after the sale to [C.W.] Dyson Perrins was fixed at something over £10,000, claiming that Sotheby's had taken too large a commission, a point on which Hodge was able to put him right" (P. Needham, "Lessing Rosenwald and the 'Magnificent Library' of C.W. Dyson Perrins," in: D. DeSimone, A Heavenly Craft: the woodcut in early printed books, Library of Congress 2004, p. 9)
Fisher was married to Kate Cobden, Cobden-Sanderson's wife Annie's sister. The Cobden-Sanderson/Doves binding on Sydney Cockerell's copy of the Fisher catalogue is simple, but of considerable beauty and in mint condition. Marianne Tidcombe, The Doves Bindery 726; BBB Harvard 50 and repr. (binding there described as a present from Cobden-Sanderson to Fisher).