Richard Cosway by George C Williamson (George Bell, 1905) Decorative Cover by GMW

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Richard Cosway R.A.

George C. Williamson
George Bell and Sons, 1905

Revised and re-written study of the portrait miniaturist Richard Cosway of a work first published in 1896.

Lovely decorative binding designed by ‘G.M.W.’ incorporating a Cosway miniature.

Richard Cosway, long after his death, was the inspiration for the ‘Cosway Binding’ that utilised a finely painted miniature inlaid into a fine leather binding.

Hardback- publisher’s cloth with gilt and silver decoration, top edge gilt. 147pp plus b/w plates. 9 x 6.5 inches approx.

Binding showing only light rubbing to extremities; offsetting to endpapers; spotting to page edges; pages dusty and with occasional foxing throughout but generally clean; several pages slightly kinked to upper corner; open gutter between two page gatherings but otherwise page block remains tight either side of the break.

Overall, light wear but otherwise in nice, clean condition – an exceptional copy that probably had its dustwrapper until the recent past…


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