London: Chapman and Hall, 1834.
First edition. Vignette on title page and wood-engraved illustrations in the text. [iv], 212 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Very Early, Unrecorded Prideaux Binding. Bound in Japanese embossed leather, titled in gilt up the spine, a.e.g. by Sarah T. Prideaux and signed with her stamped initials, "S.T.P. 1892" on the back pastedown. With an early American provenance, "James W. Shea Shadyside Pittsburgh 12/25/94". Extremities and joints rubbed with 1/4-inch triangular chip from head of spine, scuff at foot. Dark green half morocco slipcase and chemise. Tidcombe, Women Bookbinders 1880-1920, pp. 105-6. Item #241817
An UNRECORDED Prideaux binding from early in her career, bound in embossed Japanese leather with polychrome patterns of fish, turtles, and seaweed similar to a binding on The Water Babies from the same period. The lettering is bold and simple, titled up the spine, with no further gilt tooling. Prideaux sent work to the Columbian World's Fair Exhibition in Chicago (1893). The Pittsburgh provenance suggests that this was one of the bindings displayed there.
"Her first three known bindings are quite plain, but they are bound in decorative leathers. One is gray and white snakeskin, the other two in colorful Japanese embossed leathers; of this latter pair, one has the design of seaweeds and sea creatures, the other the design of chrysanthemums and other flowers (The British Bookmaker, Vol. 4, p. 26). The sea creatures binding is on one of two copies of Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies, bound for the 1891 Tregaskis exhibition, probably the first exhibition Sarah Prideaux entered ... " (Tidcombe).
This binding is not recorded in the Catalogue of Books Bound (1900) nor does it figure in Tidcombe's list of bindings by Prideaux derived from the published Catalogue and consultation of the binder's own annotated copy.
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