David Klinger forwarded this item from ABE Books about Cosway Bindings. It's non-numismatic, but for bibliophiles these bindings are something to drool over (figuratively, of course). -EditorThe Story of Emma, Lady Hamilton
by Julia Frankau
This month, one of our features is about Cosway bindings. Our pick of the month is this fantastic and gorgeous example with 13 inlaid portraits. Horatio Nelson is in the center.
Publisher: Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1911
Publication Date: 1911
To read the complete article, see: The Avid Collector
From the bookseller's description:
Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full navy blue morocco, with a portrait of Horatio Nelson in the centre of the front board surrounded by a further 12 vignette portraits each depicting Lady Emma Hamilton in a different beguiling pose, the whole surrounded by an intricate design of interwoven gold-stemmed roses onlaid in red morocco with green morocco leaves, this motif continues to four of the six spine panels, the other two lettered in gold, and is repeated in four magnificent sprays emanating from the centre of the rear board to cover its entirety, the design is echoed on each corner of the triple ruled turn-ins, red moire silk doublures and ends, all edges gilt. Housed in a matching blue cloth solander box. 30 full page colour mezzotints each protected by a captioned tissue, 9 full page monochrome plates and 37 monochrome illustrations in the text.
The price? 22,500.00 GBP (about $34,000)! -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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