With an Attractive Miniature Painting of Nell Gwyn[Cosway-style binding]. Peter Cunningham, [editor]. The Story of Nell Gwyn: and the Sayings of Charles the Second. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1852.
First edition, extra illustrated. Octavo (7.25 x 4.75 inches; 184 x 121 mm.). xi, [1, blank], 212 pages. With intertextual wood engravings and extra-illustrated with thirty-five engraved plates, many hand-colored.
Contemporary full crushed blue-green morocco bound for Charles J. Sawyer, Ltd. (stamp signed in gilt on rear lower turn-in), beveled boards with two single fillet borders rolled in gilt and a gilt border of dots and dashes. Rectangular panel with foliate, dot, and crown tools stamped in gilt at corners around interlocking "C"s and five cinquefoil stamps with pink morocco onlays along edges. Elaborate circular centerpiece to front board comprising floral, foliate, and dot tools stamped in gilt around decorative initials "NG", the four floral tools with pink morocco onlays. 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 design, with single fillet and dots and dashes gilt rules. Board edges and turn-ins gilt, red morocco doublures and red watered silk liners, all edges gilt. The front doublure with an oval portrait of Gwyn on ivory under glass within a sunken ovular centerpiece of foliate and cinquefoil stamps tooled in gilt, the cinquefoils with black morocco onlays. Overall a very fine copy housed in a velvet-lined cloth clamshell box (the box slightly worn with joints starting).
A superb Cosway-style binding with an excellent miniature, and a lovely copy of Cunningham's well-loved book, extra-illustrated with thirty-five engravings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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