Andrew and Nathaniel Plimer: Miniature Painters--Their Lives and Their Works
by George C. Williamson
London: George Bell and Sons, 1903. 1st. Full-Leather. Collectible; Fine. A magnificent production: sumptuously and beautifully bound in a contemporary-to-the-period, full olive-green morocco by Morrell binders (signed on the front pastedown), a one-time subsidiary of legendary London booksellers, Henry Sotheran Ltd. (founded in 1761). Intricate gilt-lattice to panels and spine, 5 raised bands, gilt-tooled compartments. Clean and bright and very well-preserved, a solid, VG+ to Near Fine copy. Very light wear along the outer hinges, light sunning to the front panel and spine. A very small limitation: 1 of only 75 copies (#37) with the 30 tissue-guarded, handcolored plates. All miniatures in lovely, Fine condition. Internally immaculate as well, with bright white paper and no writing or markings of any kind. Thick, tall quarto, 163 pgs., top-edge gilt. Also including attractive gilt-decorated, leather-bordered pastedowns, which contain original, large tipped-in photographs. The young soldier in the photograph to the front pastedown is likely Anton Schutz, the former owner of this copy and the founder and publisher of New York Graphic Society, and the beautiful woman in the photograph to the rear pastedown is likely his young bride. (Inventory #: 2660)
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