Here is a lovely set of 18th century bindings with the original coloured endpapers, and just light toning etc. I have strengthened the corners, hinges and top & tail of the spines as required. However, to give this set the “x-factor”; I want to replace the leather title labels and volume number labels. Modern leather labels are easy to do – But they stand out like a sore thumb! What I need is someone who can reproduce the style/age of the 18th Century, to blend sympathetically with the age and condition of these books. Can anyone help?
These books are for sale in their present condition on : http://www.beckhambooksonline.com – Always open to offers!
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 / Edited by Hawkesworth, John, 1715?-1773 / Engravings by Muller, I. S.
The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin. Accurately Revised, in Twelve Volumes. Adorned with Copper-Plates; with Some Account of the Author’s Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory by John Hawkesworth.
London : Printed for C. Bathurst, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, R. and J. Dodsley, L. Davis and C. Reymers, J. Ward, R. Baldwin, S. Crowder and Co. and W. Bowyer, M. DCCLX. [ 1760 ] .
A very good 12 volume set in the original matching full leather bindings. 8vo (but with horizontal chain lines). 7.00″ x 4.75″ x 0.75″. Brown full calf with mottled pattern and gilt border. Spines with 5 raised bands and gilt decorated compartments (now rubbed and chipped). Most volume and title labels are absent. Hinges and corners carefully strengthened. All page edges gilt (now dulled). Inner gilt dentelles. Original rich pink coloured endpapers. Owner’s signature to each front free-endpaper: “Revd. Dr. Jekyll” *. All titles in red & black and dated 1760. All engravings designed and engraved by I. S. Muller. Clean text and engravings throughout, just a little off-setting and the odd blemish.
- Vol. 1: [2pp.]/pp.15/[1p.]/pp.73/[1p.]/pp.17/[p.1]/pp.190 with 8 full-page engravings (including the frontispiece).
- Vol. 2: [2pp.]/pp.16/pp.292 , with one diagram and 5 engraved maps.
- Vol. 3: [13pp.]/pp.10 – pp.277/[1p. – Adverts].
- Vol. 4: [4pp.]/pp.222.
- Vol. 5: [2pp.]/pp.16/pp.239/1p. – Adverts].
- Vol. 6: [10pp.]/pp.271.
- Vol. 7: [2pp.]/pp.4/pp.435 (ending with 2 leaves of musical notation).
- Vol. 8: [4pp.]/pp.236 .
- Vol. 9: [4pp.]/pp.260 .
- Vol. 10: [4pp.]/pp.246 .
- Vol. 11: [4pp.]/pp.222 .
- Vol. 12: [2pp.]/pp.4/pp.232 .
A well preserved set of this comprehensive work.
Referenced by: Teerink-Scouten 90 [H. Teerink, A Bibliography of the Writings of Jonathan Swift, second edition, ed. Arthur H. Scouten (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1963)].
* Rev. John Jekyll, LL.D., M.A., of Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, Precentor of St. David’s Cathedral, Vicar of Evercreech, Somerset 1769-71, born 1739, educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, married Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel Webb of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset. – Burke’s Landed Gentry 1906 Edition. He was buried at Dallington, Northamptonshire on 2 Mar 1777 .