London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., ca. 1910. Scott, Sep E. Leather bound. "Burlington Library" edition, duodecimo size, 396 pp., in a custom binding by Riviere. Fine. Item #19042202
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) needs no introduction. "A Tale of Two Cities" is known and loved by many of us, with the famous opening paragraph which begins: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...."
This work part of the publisher's "Burlington Library" series, with illustrations by Septimus Edwin Scott (1879-1965) , who spent his career as an illustrator, having studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In addition to painting the colour plates for this work, he provided illustrations for other books, periodicals, propaganda posters during WWI, and advertising posters. In 1948 he began work with comic strips, working in that industry for the final twenty years of his life.
___DESCRIPTION: In a custom binding by Riviere & Son (with their stamp on the verso of the front free endpaper) of full navy blue leather, the boards with a thin gilt triple-ruled border with corner decorations, the spine tooled in gilt and with two red leather spine labels each with gilt lettering, board edges decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, leather turn-ins richly decorated with gilt, marbled endpapers, Ex-Libris on the front pastedown for an individual (the Ex-Libris that of Samuel Pepys, but clearly not his as the individual's name is printed beneath), full-colour tissue-guarded frontispiece one of twenty-four bound in throughout by Sep Scott, title page with ruled border and device of the publisher's "Burlington Library"; duodecimo size (7 5/8" by 5 5/8"), pagination: [1-4] 5-395 [396, printer's statement]. Note that we see no date in the volume, are dating circa 1910 based on records in OCLC.
___CONDITION: Fine overall, the leather smooth and supple, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a vintage bookseller's lightly pencilled price of "6.50" on the verso of the front free endpaper, one very short (approx. one-half inch) closed tear at the top margin of the title page, the spine lightly sunned, we had a professional (name available upon request) reinforce one joint, the binding is now strong and sturdy. The few faults noted are exceedingly minor, fine overall in an exceedingly handsome custom binding.
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