21 March 2005
HOBSON, Geoffrey Dudley (1882-1949). Maioli, Canevari and others. London: William Brendon and Son at Plymouth for Ernest Benn, 1926.
4o (285 x 212 mm). 64 plates including six in color.
ARCHITECTURAL BINDING FOR THE AUTHOR AND HIS WIFE BY BEST & CO: gold-tooled citron morocco, façade of Hobson's London house on front cover, lettered "No. 1" and "Hobsoni et uxoris," hatched tool and lettering in compartments of spine, signed on front turn-in, LEAF-EDGES PAINTED WITH THREE SCENES SIGNED M. LE R., one captioned "vade retro Canevarius" in reference to Hobson's rejection of Canevari as the owner of the Apollo-and-Pegasus bindings. Slipcase. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Hobson (binding).
FIRST EDITION of a study "which was to advance immeasurably binding research" (B.H.Breslauer, The uses of Bookbinding Literature p. 28). NO. 1 OF 25 DE LUXE COPIES ON HAND-MADE PAPER. The binding by Best & Co, commissioned by the author, evokes the Renaissance architectural binding decoration that forms an important chapter in the book (ch. II). Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed by A.W. Pollard, dated 15 October 1926, congratualting his correspondent on "the best bit of work on bindings which has ever been done in England... which takes account of every kind of evidence, and lets the conclusion emerge from the facts without any attempt to press a pre-conceived theory."
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