SPENCER, Edmund (?1552-1599). Epithalamion and Amoretti. London: John & E. Bumpus, Ltd., 1903.
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (246 x 155mm). Half-title. Etched portrait frontispiece by C. Bird, etched title vignette and head- and tailpieces, woodcut initials. Contemporary crushed dark blue morocco gilt [?by Sangorski & Sutcliffe], the upper cover with a central design of a Tudor rose composed of gilt red and white inlays, the stamen represented by 5 small pearls around a larger, central pearl, the central rose surrounded by 5 inlaid roses separated by inlaid red discs, the flowers in white and the leaves in green, outer ring of interlaced gilt lines, enclosed by dense sprays of roses and leaves in red, white and green inlays, and a broad inlaid border of turquoise morocco similarly decorated, the lower cover gilt with a broad border of roses and leaves following the form of the upper border, the flat spine gilt in 6 compartments, titled in 2 and dated at the foot, the other compartments decorated with alternating red and white rose inlayswith gilt leaf tools around, gilt-ruled turn-ins with inlaid red disc cornerpieces, light blue doublures with inlaid red and white rose cornerpieces with gilt leaf-sprays, light blue morocco endleaves ruled in gilt and decorated with red inlaid discs, top edge gilt, others uncut.
NUMBER 8 OF 14 COPIES ON VELLUM. A FINE JEWELLED BINDING, PROBABLY BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE.The binding on the present copy is similar to that on the Doheny-Chevalier copy (the seventh of the fourteen copies, directly preceding this), which was sold in our New York rooms on 9 November 1990 as lot 101, and identified by Stanley Bray as probably the first Sangorski & Sutcliffe jewelled binding, executed in 1905 for Bumpus Ltd and signed with Bumpus' stamp. Like the present example, the binding on that copy had a central Tudor rose motif composed of red and white inlays with 5 central pearls, a broad, sculpted border on the upper cover and the doublures, and inlaid roses and leaves in red, white and green. These stylistic similarities suggest that not only is the present binding probably by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, but also that it is possibly one of the earliest of their celebrated jewelled bindings.