Commonplace book of original drawings, engravings and transcribed poetry.

ca. 1803-1814.

Price: $4,000.00

About the item

Numerous engravings, mostly 18th-century portraits of royalty, some hand-colored, 10 ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS (3 x 2-1/2 in.) in the style of Henry Corbould, and one additional watercolor portrait (8-1/4 x 6-1/2 in.) of a young woman. 4to. Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, covers gilt-tooled with a wide roll border, gilt ruled frame with corner decorations made up from small tools, spine gilt in six compartments, a.e.g., by Comte de Caumont (ticket on verso of ffep). Light scuffing to edge of covers, glue burn to engravings, some engravings loose. Ramsden, London Bookbinders p. 48; for other de Caumont bindings cf. Oldaker, no. 30; Maggs 1075 II, no. 264; Maggs 1212 II, no. 186. Provenance: John Collins, Devizes (bookplate); Samuel Muir (bookplate); “C.S.” (bookplate, loose).

Item #257746

A fine binding from the shop of the French-born Auguste Marie, Comte de Caumont, dating from his period at 1 Frith Street, which he occupied from 1803-1814. It is generally accepted that de Caumont was not himself a binder, but rather managed the shop, tended to customers and kept accounts. He hired some of the great London binders of the day, including Cordeval and Kalthoeber.