London: Methuen & Co., 1903.
A superb binding by ANASTASIA POWER, dark green crushed morocco with central five-lobed stylized floral motif consisting of petals, flowers and all-over stippled dots, and five small green onlays of lighter green morocco as ornamental dots; one single rule framed border, reproduced on front and back cover. Signed in gilt pallet on rear dentelle in Power's recognizable "AP" monogram, which have attractive triple-gilt ruling. Printed on laid paper, AEG. Although the use of the Tudor rose was common in Anastasia Power's binding designs, here it is probably emblematic of Kipling's rather chest-thumping, patriotic support for the British conduct of the Boer War (1899-1902); the Five Nations comprising the Commonwealth, i.e., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Cape Colony (South Africa), and the British Isles. Half of the poems in this volume are thereby designated Service Songs. The book spine is divided into six raised compartments, with title and author name in second and third from head, while the date 1903 appears at foot of spine. *ANASTASIA (ANNIE) POWER, English bookbinder, was the youngest of nine children of a Whitby, Yorkshire oculist and his wife. Her training in bookbinding was probably an economic necessity given such a large family, but in any case she managed to get to London by the 1880's and trained with Douglas Cockerell as a bookbinder. Traditionally this work was done by men, as the bookbinding guilds did not employ women. She was said to have been much influenced by Cockerell's designs. Famous in his own right as an inventive and artistic binder, Cockerell had been trained by Thomas Cobden-Sanderson, (original bookbinder at the Kelmscott Press) to whose Doves Bindery Cockerell was apprenticed beginning in 1893. Anastasia was either connected to, or a member of, the following: the Guild of Handicraft, formed by C.R. Ashbee, (whose members included William Morris and Holman Hunt); she also bound books for Cobden-Sanderson's Essex House Press sometime after its founding in 1898; The Guild of Women Binders and Hampstead Bindery in London in the period 1898-1904." Margins of spine and raised bands are worn and could do with a bit of amelioration, but the binding is tight and secure, and certainly an attractive example of Power's work.
Price: $1,500.00 Item #4514