LEECHMAN, William. The Temper, Character, and Duty of a Minister of the Gospel. Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1755.
12o (120 x 71 mm). 18th-century English red silk, covers with gilt frame borders, initials "P" and "H" on the front and back covers respectively, smooth spine gilt, edges gilt (some light rubbing); in its original calf gilt pull-off case, similarly decorated, the spine gilt-stamped "Schweder Binder." Provenance: sold Sotheby's London, 20 December 1954, lot 122; purchased from Lucien Goldschmidt, 9 February 1955.
A SUBERBLY PRESERVED SILK BINDING, IN ITS ORIGINAL CALF CASE, SIGNED BY THE BINDER. This binding is similar to examples in Darmstadt which are described in A. Schmidt, Bucheinbaende...zu Darmstadt, plates 94-96. According to Ramsden, this is the only known example of Schweder's work. Prior to the discovery of this book, there were nine binders known to have signed their work on the spine. Schweder thus is the tenth, and belongs to that group of German binders working in London in the late eighteenth century, such as Walther, Kalthoeber and Hering. Charles Ramsden, London Book Binders 1780-1840, p. 127.