The Book of Common Prayer. London: John Baskett, 1734. [Bound with:] The Whole Book of Psalms. London: A. Wilde for the Company of Stationers, 1735.
4° (235 x 170mm.). Edinburgh red morocco gilt, ca. 1785, narrow key pattern and interlace borders enclosing a rococo pattern of individual tools among which are corncucopiae, sheaves of corn, sun-wheels, covered chalices, urns under weeping willows and columns linked by garlands or chains of foliage in pronounced curves, at bottom centre of covers the figures of two doves drinking from a vase and a floating swan, flat gilt spine, spot-marbled endpapers, gilt edges (covers with small chip marks and dark spots, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Margaret Haldane, Gleneagles 30 August 1785 -- given to her son George Augustus Haldane at Edinburgh, 29 September 1799 (inscriptions on front free endpaper; Haldane bookplate) -- Eden Kaye Greville (bookplate) -- John Roland Abbey (bookplate, accession no. 248 and date of acquisition 5.7.1931 at rear; sold Sotheby's, 19 June 1967, lot 1788, £260 to Pickering) -- acquired by Lord Perth in 1970 (his note on Strathallan bookplate).
A FINE ROCOCO BINDING. The motif of the urn beneath a weeping willow was 'a subject so popular with the generation which wept over the sorrows of Werther that it is used on innumerable mourning- and memorial-rings.' However, as Hobson observes, it was less common on bindings, even though such a tool first appeared as early as the end of the 15th century. In English Bindings in the Library of J.R. Abbey, 1940, no. 94, Hobson took the view that this binding was English, with ornaments closely resembling those used by John Bell (1745-1831). But, as the Abbey Catalogue records, Albert Ehrman subsequently convinced him that the binding was Edinburgh work.