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[Binding, Fine- Sylvia Stebbing] The Beauties of Washington Irving

London: Printed for [C. Whittingham] for Thomas Tegg; R. Griffin and Co. Glasgow; and Tegg, Wise and Co. Dublin, 1835.

Fourth edition. 12mo. A wonderful Arts & Crafts binding by Sylvia Stebbing, noted British bookbinder and early student of Douglas Cockerell. Bound in full brown pigskin with gilt fillet borders and large square design (tilted on corners) consisting of stems with onlaid greeat goatskin leaves, dots and with the intiials, W.H.G and date 1900 in the very center. Attractive gilt spine with similar motif, six panels, five of which having the square patterning in a different mode from cover, dated at the bottom, 1835. Sylvia Stebbing, born in 1876, became an early pupil of Douglas Cockerell at the age of 23, (i.e. 1899, a year before the date of this binding), later saying, "...it began a wonderfully happy six months for me." From Tidcombe, "At this time, Sangorski and Sutcliffe were Cockerell's forwarder and finisiher, and two girls did the sewing and mending... "Stebbing went on to take a studio and workshop with Annie Power, where the execution of this binding probably occurred. Stebbing remained in close contact with Cockerell, as well as, later, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Daniel (Daniel Press & bindery). The book is illustrated with Wood Cuts, Engraved by Thompson; from the Drawings by George Cruikshank, Esq. A slight abrasion at fore-edge of front cover, else a very nice copy of a scarce binding by Sylvia Stebbing, very few of which are seen.

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