The Seven Lamps of Architecture. By John Ruskin With illustrations drawn by the author.
Orpington and London: George Allen, 1898. Small 8vo, 440 pages, 14 plates. Full plain dark blue crushed morocco, backstrip flat with raised bands, titled in gilt and with the date 1898 at the foot in gilt. A little scuffed where the raised bands join the covers, and at the head and foot of the backstrip; slight graze to lower inside front turn-in. From the library of Richard Cobden Sanderson and bound at his fathers bindery - though unsigned the style and lettering is unmistakeable. Marion Tidcome (to whom I showed this binding) lists 4 bindings on this title but not this one. No author had more titles bound by the Doves Bindery than Ruskin; this binding, very simple and plain with the olive headbands and the visible stitching along the hinges with the paste-down flap unhidden, is a good example of a standard Doves Binding with no ornamentation or decoration, but rather elegant in its simplicity and in my experience seldom available.
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