Folio size. A striking and very early 20h Century Monastery Hill Binding in wonderful turquoise blue fine crushed morocco with four superb large onlay design motifs at each corner, surrounded by intricate gilt ruling, and vine and leaf groupings, each connected through rectilinear gilt framing, repeated on both covers. Spine with five raised bands, each with gilt ruling and five compartments with elaborate gilt rectangular designs, each with central maroon blossom only. Singe gilt ruling along each side edge of boards. Elaborate gilt-tooled wide dentelles with two sets of border designs, gorgeous watered silk blue moire doublures and endsheets. Manuscript title page with calligraphic lettering and floret weaving, in black and light blue watercolor, highlighted in gold. A wonderful concept book, with each engraving mounted on its own page, in chronological order based on the publication issue of the engraving, and, in most cases, the date is printed text or caption credit of the engraving, so that the book proceeds from plate 1, for example, "Morning Dress for August, 1800," onward 100 plates to the final, "The Delineator," October, 1899. A wonderful and extremely pleasing and historically informative blend of binding and book. Very fine, with no signs of wear. House in the original silk blue folders, lined with smooth marbled paper, which neatly fits over the book, and together, the book and jacket fit into a matching custom slipcase with large black morocco spine, with five raised bands, gilt lettering in second compartment.
Price: $9,500.00 Item #4509