1848 · London
Here in a delightful signed binding, this affectionate account of Mrs. Godolphin's life, by writer and diarist John Evelyn (1620–1706), was passed down through his family until 1847 when Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt allowed its publication with the assistance and editorship of Samuel Wilberforce. Margaret Godolphin (1652–78) was a British courtier married to one of the leading politicians of the time, Sidney Godolphin. She chose Evelyn as a mentor and paternal figure; they remained close until her early death due to complications from childbirth.
The volume, one of the third edition, is illustrated by a => pensive engraved frontispiece of Mrs. Goldophin, by William Humphreys, from an original painting by Matthew Dixon. The work also includes five genealogical tables.
Binding: Black morocco–covered boards with beveled edges, covers framed by two sets of blind double-rules and with an embossed center medallion; spine with raised bands, gilt lettering, blind-stamped devices in compartments, and blind rules extending from bands onto covers. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. => Signed by Hayday.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1847.5 (not noting the 1848 reprints); Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), 65. Bound as above. Minor rubbing to spine-ends and joints, scuffs and faint scrapes to boards, corners bumped. Light stains to very edges of frontispiece, offsetting to title-page, and gutter crack to p. 290. => Lovely and sturdy overall. (Inventory #: 37862)