Paris: Chez Rualult, 1775-6.
First edition. 12mo. (6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). A marvelously finished binding by Florence de Rheims, with one of the most intricate inlaid bindings we have ever seen on a Guild binding, produced by one its most accomplished and prolific binders. This binding features an intricately all-over gilt and inlaid design on both covers and spine, and full red morocco doublures with superb gilt design, with Florence de Rheim's gilt binder's signature ìFdeRî in gilt on rear doublure; signed in gilt on front vellum fly, ìGuild of Women Binders,î probably executed ca. 1902. The crimson morocco binding features an all-over gilt design consisting of oak leaf and acorn patterning, with all of the acorns containing inlaid pieces of either blue, ochre or red morocco, with additional inlaid dots scattered about in the design. The doublures are full crimson morocco with bold gilt hollow dot patterning surrounding a central rectangle, with gilt stippling at the edges; facing endsheet on front and back lined in vellum, with four gold dots. Upper joint cracking, scattered foxing. Provenance: John Roland Abbey, the well-known collector, with his circular red gilt bookplate. Housed in Abbey's original cloth (brown) felt-lined clamshell case with green morocco label on cover (Abbey's gilt seal). The very scarce FIRST EDITION by the renown children's author, Arnaud Berquin (1747-91), with engraved title and 24 full-page illustrations. 2 volumes in one. Brunet I:811; Cohen-de-Ricci 139; Ray French 44. $17,500.00
One of the most intricate and delicate bindings ever produced by the Guild of Women Binders, and certainly a highpoint, being signed by one of its most acclaimed binders. ìSome of the elaborate bindings [of the Guild] have an additional monogram signature, for example... E de R, for Edith de Rheims, on the doublure of the lower cover.î Tidcombe. In addition, Tidcombe states: ìEarly bindings were produced ... by some of the original Guild Members, Constance Karslake and Edith and Florence de Rheims [who] began producing gold-tooled and onlaid bindings toward the beginning of 1900... These three women became very able amateur finishers, and were responsible for much of the Guild's best work.î Tidcombe, p.124, ìWomen Bookbinders.î (#5857).
Price: $17,500.00 Item #5857