HOBSON, Geoffrey Dudley (1882-1949). Bindings in Cambridge Libraries. Based on Researches by N.F. Barwell, H.M. Davies and the late Charles E. Sayle. Cambridge: Walter Lewis at the University Press, 1929.
2o (375 x 240 mm). EDITION LIMITED TO 230 COPIES FOR SALE. 72 plates including 27 in color.
VERY FINE BINDING BY DOUGLAS COCKERELL FOR G.D. HOBSON, executed at Letchworth, Hertfordshire, signed D.C. & SON and dated 1942: gold-tooled turquoise blue crushed morocco, over thick pasteboard, decorated to a design of interlocking rectangular chain links, the arms of Cambridge University within a wreath in the center of the front cover, a panel of leafy sprays in the center of the back cover, in each corner of both sides three Tudor roses gold-tooled over RED-MOROCCO INLAYS, lettering on front cover, spine decorated and lettered in compartments, the same chain links on wide turn-ins, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, inlaid inside front cover Hobson's arms gilt-blocked on beige morocco. Chemise of the publisher's buckram binding, cloth folding box. Provenance: G.D. Hobson; with autograph letter signed by the binder to the author (6th April 1943): "Here is your bill! This book was bound under very unusual difficulties and I was pleased that it came out as well as it did. It has been a pleasure to work for you, the greatest authority in the country on binding... Your arms block is returned herewith."
"Douglas Bennett Cockerell (1870-1945), after some adventurous years in Canada, was apprenticed, in 1893, to T.J. Cobden-Sanderson's Doves Bindery, also coming under the influence of William Morris whose secretary was at that time Cockerell's brother Sydney (later on Sir Sydney), the eminent connoisseur and collector of MSS. After first setting up as an independent binder in 1898, he finally settled down in Letchworth, in partnership with his son Sydney Morris" (BBB Wittockiana 55).