An Attractive Cosway-Style Binding with a Miniature Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

    [Cosway-style binding]. [Abraham Lincoln]. Nathaniel Wright Stephenson [editor]. An Autobiography of Abraham Lincoln Consisting of the Personal Portions of his Letters Speeches and Conversations. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1926.

    First edition. Octavo (7.9375 x 5.25 inches; 202 x 133 mm.). [10], 501, [1, blank] pp. with a photographic frontispiece of the Statue of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French.

    Contemporary full crushed crimson morocco, covers with single fillet border rolled in gilt and enclosing a panel of single fillets and foliate tools. Cover set with oval portrait of Lincoln on ivory under glass within a rectangular centerpiece comprising gilt fillets and foliate stamps. Spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in two compartments and dated at the foot, the remaining four compartments tooled in gilt in a similar floral design, board edges and turn-ins gilt, rust-colored watered silk doublures and liners, all edges gilt. Overall an excellent copy housed in a cloth clamshell box.

    A superb example of a Cosway-style binding with an excellent miniature, though the binding is unsigned it looks very much like other Cosway-style bindings executed by Rivière & Son in the first part of the twentieth century.

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