1834 · Philadelphia
A stereotyped American edition of 18th-century novelist Sterne's works bound in => a wonderful American blind-embossed binding. This edition comprises "Memoirs of the Life and Family of the Late Reverend Mr. Laurence Sterne, Written by Himself," "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," "A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy," "Letters by Laurence Sterne, A.M.," "An Impromptu," "The Fragment," and "The History of a Good Warm Watch-Coat."
The frontispiece portrait was engraved by James Barton Longacre (1794–1869) after the painting by Joshua Reynolds. Longacre was an American engraver of great talent: From 1844 until his death he was the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. He is remembered for designing the Indian Head penny, the Shield nickel, the Flying Eagle cent, and other iconic coins of the mid-19th century.
Binding: Green morocco, both covers blind-embossed with a round center medallion depicting a man and a woman (or goddess) in a garden by a greenhouse, he seated with a rake on one shoulder and a spade by his side, she standing and extending a hand to him to either give or receive a branch of fruit; medallion surmounted by a lyre and framed in elaborate acanthus and foliate motifs. Brown marbled endpapers; all edges sprinkled brown in a pattern resembling marbling.
Provenance: Inked ownership inscription (David Scott?) dated 1963 on front fly-leaf; title-page with early inked inscription of E.R. Potter.
American Imprints 26935. Binding not in Wolf, From Gothic Windows to Peacocks. Binding as above; edges and extremities rubbed, front joint tender and starting, spine slightly sunned. Ownership inscriptions as above. Intermittent mild to moderate foxing; offsetting to title-page from portrait. => Aged but elegant, in a notable binding. (Inventory #: 38209)