1872-1879 Fine Bayntun-Riviere Binding Book set - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (WITH) Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Regular price $4,500 USD
Author: Lewis Carroll. (John Tenniel, illustrator).
Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (together with) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. (2 volumes set)
Publisher: London: Macmillan and Co., 1872 & 1879. An attractively bound set of early editions of Carroll's classic works: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 59th thousand and Through the Looking-Glass the 27th thousand.
Language: Text in English.
Size : 7 " X 5 ".
Pages: 192 - 224 pages.
Binding: Attractive and fine binding, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full
red morocco leather, twin blue and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, remaining four compartments decorated with leaf border enclosing motifs of rabbit, playing cards, lion, and tiger lily in gilt, covers with border of paired gilt fillets, flower tools to corners, front covers decorated with White Rabbit and Queen of Hearts in gilt, edges and turn-ins richly gilt (hinges fine) under a protective removable mylar cover. All edges gilt.
An incredibly beautiful binding for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (together with) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There!
In a custom red cloth slipcase (very small pinch/chip repaired by a previous owner on the lower part of the back of the slipcase - as shown).
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing - as shown, original cloths covers bound-in at rear - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with all the beautiful illustrations by John Tenniel.
The books: Wonderful book set of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (together with) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, in a lovely Bayntun-Riviere binding!
The author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility with wordplay, logic, and fantasy. The poems "Jabberwocky" and The Hunting of the Snark are classified in the genre of literary nonsense. He was also a mathematician, photographer, inventor and Anglican deacon.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Bayntun passed away the following year. The firm has continued throughout the years under different managers through the family line and was granted the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950. The Bayntun-Rivière Bindery firm has been in residence on Manvers Street in Bath since 1939. Their books are still bound by hand, and the firm is world-famous for its fine bindings, restoration, and conservation work.
Share this Product
More from this collection
1872-1879 Fine Bayntun-Riviere Binding Book set - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (WITH) Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Price List