London: A. & J. Churchil, 1701. n. This is a particularly well-preserved example of a so-called "somber" binding, an appropriately restrained design meant to match the content of the text and used on religious books of the 17th and 18th centuries. The initials on the cover and the inscriptions inside indicate a series of owners (one of whom, William Worth, bears the same name as an Anglican cleric and classical scholar of the day), but the book itself shows virtually no signs of use.. 145 x 80 mm. (5 3/4 x 3 1/4"). 2 p.l., 419 pp. Excellent contemporary dark brown "somber" binding, covers blind-tooled in a cottage roof design with floral accents, the sides and corners densely azured, initials "J. H. H." in center panel of upper cover, front joint possibly very expertly renewed, raised bands, spine compartments with blind-tooled floral centerpiece, newer endpapers, all edges silver. Front free endpaper with ink stamp of Bibliotheca Ovarnforslana; title page with ink inscription of "Will Worth / his book / ye 11 of July 1708" and with the inscription of Tho. John [G or B----] dated September 28th, 1809. Darlow & Moule 4720. A hint of rubbing to joints and extremities, otherwise a fine copy--clean, fresh, and bright internally, and in a virtually unworn binding, so little used as to resist opening. This is a particularly well-preserved example of a so-called "somber" binding, an appropriately restrained design meant to match the content of the text and used on religious books of the 17th and 18th centuries. The initials on the cover and the inscriptions inside indicate a series of owners (one of whom, William Worth, bears the same name as an Anglican cleric and classical scholar of the day), but the book itself shows virtually no signs of use.
(Inventory #: ST12670)
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