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    [Fazakerley, binder]. James Thomson; Bolton Corney [editor]. The Seasons. With the life of the author. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1842. Contemporary vertical triptych fore-edge painting to the closed edge depicting scenes from the book; a sunset on a lake (page 225), an abbey and cottage (page [83]), and view of a country estate across a lake (page 158), artist unknown. Octavo. xlviii, 320 pages. Profusely illustrated. Fazakerley binding; contemporary full navy levant morocco elaborately decorated in gilt and natural morocco inlays, single solid gilt roll to edges. Minor edgewear, a few light abrasions to upper board. Turn-ins decorated in gilt and natural morocco inlays with binder's stamp in gilt to front, cream moiré silked endpapers. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges elaborately gauffered in a Celtic-style strapwork pattern; pencil notations to front blank recto, minor foxing and thumbsoiling chiefly to front and back of text block. Near fine with particularly bright, finely-detailed, and well-preserved fore-edge painting.

    A phenomenal example of Fazakerley's skillful binding and fore-edge decorations. Though the near fine condition and skill of the work had led some to believe this and similar works are from the early 20th century, Jeff Weber (AD) notes that the condition is often a function of well-made protective cases and in fact could have been completed any time from publication to the turn of the century.

    Weber, Annotated Dictionary, pages 140-146. From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee


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