1842 · London
Pickering collection of English and Scottish ballads, "made in the hope of diffusing a more general acquaintance with the National Poetry of our country," with a lengthy introduction and selections from Sir Walter Scott and Bishop Percy, among others. The text is elegantly printed with wood-engraved decorative initials and architectural headpieces (some signed H.G., i.e., Henri Gérente, the acclaimed Paris-based glass painter entrusted with the restoration of the Sainte-Chapelle and with the design of the west window of All Saints, London); the monumental wood-engraved title-page signed "H. Gerente del." is printed in black and red with the Aldine device incorporated into the design.
Binding: 19th-century brown morocco, spine gilt extra with red leather label, daisy-stamped spine compartments, and minute daisy roll along raised bands; covers framed in gilt vinous and foliate roll, board edges gilt-beaded. A completely different gilt daisy and dog-tooth roll adorns the turn-ins; striking marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt.
Provenance: Very small embossed armorial stamp (featuring three cross crosslets and a mullet in the base) above inked signature of J.J. FitzAdam on front endpaper; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1842.6; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 76; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 185. Bound as above; gently rubbed at corners. A few small, scattered specks to interior, otherwise clean; one or two uneven edges from manufacture. Provenance indicia as above. => A neatly printed collection beautifully bound. (Inventory #: 38386)