HEAL, Sir Ambrose (1872-1959). The English Writing-Masters and their Copy-Books, 1570-1800. A biographical dictionary & a bibliography. With an introduction to the development of handwriting by Stanley Morison. London: [Cambridge University Press for the] First Edition Club, 1931.
2o (318 x 220 mm). Engraved frontispiece, 81 plates. Black morocco-backed vellum-covered boards, bound for J.R. Abbey by Sidney M. Cockerell, with decoration designed in 1965 by Joan Rix Tebbut, the upper cover decorated with a calligraphic design composed of gold-tooled fillets and pen-drawn lines on which is superimposed a semi-abstract shape of a cockerell composed of bold gilt fillets and filled with a semi of stars, the lower cover decorated with a matching design of gilt and pen-drawn fillets, the spine undecorated but boldly lettered in gilt, vellum turn-ins decorated with gilt dots, liners and endleaves of patterned 'Cockerell' paper, contained within a velvet-lined blue morocco-backed cloth box. Provenance: Major John R. Abbey (bookplate, sale Sothebys 19 October 1970 lot 2723, sold 180 pounds to); Martin Breslauer.
MAJOR ABBEY'S COPY, SPECIALLY BOUND FOR HIM BY SIDNEY M. COCKERELL: A LIMITED EDITION OF 100 COPIES, THIS NUMBERED XVII. The authoritative work on the subject. Its author, Sir Ambrose Heal (1872-1959, see DNB), was the head of the celebrated London furniture shop, Heal's, and himself a furniture designer. He also wrote on tradesmen's cards, signboards of shops, London furniture makers and goldsmiths. H.M. Nixon & M. Kennedy, Modern British Bookbindings in the Collection of J.R. Abbey (London: Arts Council, 1965) no. 5; BBB Wittockiana 61