(London: William Pickering, 1851). 227 x 145 mm. (9 x 5 3/4"). xiv, 248 pp.Translated by Thomas Dibdin.
Attractive 19th century dark blue morocco by J. Wright (stamp-signed on front free endpaper), covers with gilt French fillet border, raised bands, lovely spine heavily gilt compartments, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Housed in a blue cardboard slipcase with cloth back and morocco lip. Engraved frontispiece by Pietro Fontana after a painting by Guercino. Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Edward Huth, Wykehurst Park. Covers slightly lighter around edges (from fading or leather preservative), paper separated at front hinge (but everything tight), title and frontispiece with a hint of foxing, but an extremely nice copy--especially bright, clean, fresh, and smooth internally, and the scarcely worn binding with excellent shelf appeal.
This edition of the perennially popular Christian devotional was translated by the great bibliophile Thomas Dibdin, and appears here in a handsome binding befitting its contents. Best known for his catalogue of the great Spencer library and his multiple other bibliographical works, Dibdin (1776-1847) was also a priest in the Church of England, and he seeks here to make a classic of Christian literature more accessible to his flock. The binder John Wright is listed by Packer as working in London for 13 years until the summer of 1854, when he died of cholera (along with his nephew and four workers in his bindery). Ramsden says that Wright "was a binder of the first order," an assessment that finds ample corroboration in his deft balance of beauty and simplicity in the present binding. (ST15197)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.013