Waltham Saint Lawrence: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 41 of 500 copies, duodecimo size, 67 pp., with original dust jacket. Near fine / very good +. Item #18010901
Arthur Freeling, although having penned several books on etiquette including this work, as well as a "Railway Companion", never earned an entry into the DNB (Dictionary of [British] National Biography) and therefore we are unable to shed any light on his life. We find etiquette books such as this a delight to read, providing as they do glimpses into a world long gone. This book, for example, contains a chapter on the then-new "waltzing" with a warning to parents about the perils of unmarried couples touching; Mr. Freeling's "Gentleman's Pocket Book of Etiquette" includes a chapter on Duels. This charming publication by the Golden Cockerel Press contains four engravings on copper by Hester Sainsbury (b. 1890?) who, although apparently had no formal art training, illustrated books for the first book of the Favil Press, a small collection of Sainsbury's poems, among many others (see Horne p. 381).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter bound in parchment with special printed boards, gilt lettering on the shelfback, "Publisher's Note" dated 1928 setting forth the hope that "despite the passage of time and the inevitable slight variation of manners" the book would still prove worthy, followed by the author's "Preface to the Edition of 1838", the Contents listing such delightful topics as "Introductions", "Visitors and Visiting", "Waltzing", "Marriage", "Servants", and "the Philosophy of certain Fashionable Observances", four tissue-guarded copper engravings throughout the text, original pink ribbon marker, vintage bookseller's ticket on the rear pastedown (Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco); Caslon O.F. type on hand-made paper, duodecimo size (7" by 4.75"), pagination: [i-x], 1-55, blank , colophon . Dust jacket of rose-coloured paper with black lettering on the front; unclipped although no price printed; the volume sold new for 15 shillings in 1928.
___CONDITION: Volume could almost be termed fine, the binding is clean (having been protected by the dust jacket), the text block is strong and sturdy with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, all four tissue guards are present, and the volume is free of prior owner markings; some light dustiness to the bottom edge, a few very light stray marks on the parchment shelfback, the ribbon marker still attached but frayed at both the top, where it is attached to the book, and at the bottom. The unclipped dust jacket is very good, slight overall edgewear, a small bit of loss to the head of the spine, and some sunning to the spine and creases where the flaps meet the panels. Even with these minor issues a lovely copy of a charming publication, done in the seventh year of the Golden Cockerel Press.
___CITATION: Chanticleer no. 56.
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