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    [Taylor and Hessey, binder]. James Hurdis. The Village Curate, and Other Poems. Including some pieces now first published. London: Printed by C. Whittingham for Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe; et al., 1810. Seemingly contemporary fore-edge painting depicting Blackfriars Bridge with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background, artist unknown. Octavo. 350 pages. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait. Taylor and Hessey binding; full straight grain green morocco decorated in gilt and blind, spine decorated in gilt with three raised bands, partial decorative gilt roll to edges with binder's stamp in gilt to fore-edge. Corners just bumped, moderate edgewear, spine somewhat worn, joints starting, somewhat rubbed and soiled. Inner dentelles gilt, bookplate Cortlandt Field Bishop to front pastedown with penciled notation, bookseller's description with typed notations and ownership of Douglas L. Edwards mounted with cellotape to front free endpaper recto, hinges reinforced, pencil notations to rear free endpaper and blank. All edges gilt; text block toned and foxed, offsetting to title page, minor text block edgewear. Very good with finely detailed, though somewhat dulled, fore-edge painting.

    Penciled notations and mounted bookseller's description attribute this fore-edge painting to Edwards of Halifax but is likely contemporary to an in-house artist with Taylor and Hessey.

    Cortlandt Field Bishop (b. 1870- d. 1935) - American Art Association, Anderson Galleries Inc. (1938, lot 1087) - John Powers, former alderman of Chicago (no date) - Douglas L. Edwards (1945) - Randall J. Moskovitz (no date). From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee


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