Narrative of an official visit to Guatemala from Mexico
by Thompson, G. A.
London: John Murray, 1829. First edition, 12mo, pp. xii, vi, 528, 8 (ads and subscribers' list for Alcedo's A Dictionary of America as revised by Thompson); largely unopened; folding frontispiece map hand-colored in outline; a very pretty copy in original green cloth, paper label on spine; spine browned, else near fine. Palau 331831; Sabin 95511.A very early publisher's cloth binding. While the earliest publisher's cloth bindings date from the third quarter of the 18th-century - mostly canvas over boards, and usually for school texts and readers, the modern concept of the publisher's binding in cloth originated with William Pickering, ca. 1828. Other examples, usually on gift books, were sometimes bound in moire silk, or velvet, ca. 1828-1830. This example, published by Murray (certainly among his earliest examples), is in full cloth, and the printed label gives the price as 10s. 6d. (presumably so bound). A binder's ticket at the back identifies S. Woolnough, 7 Upper James Street, Golden Square.Another interesting feature is that the subscribers' list (nearly 400 names) is for an entirely different book.
(Inventory #: 49441)
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