1896 First Edition bound by BAYNTUN- The Animal Story Book by Andrew Lang Illustrated by H. J. FORD.
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Author: Andrew Lang. (Henry Justice Ford, illustrator).
Title: The Animal Story Book.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1896. First Edition.
Size: 7.5 " X 5 ".
Pages: xiv-400 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine binding by Bayntun finely bound in polished blue calf, the covers tooled in gilt with a double fillet border. The spine divided into six panels with raised bands and double gilt compartments, lettered in the second and third on red and green khaki goatskin labels and dated at the foot, the others with animals at the center, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. (Hinges fine, covers very slightly scuffed - as shown but hardly noticeable). Under a protective removable mylar cover. An elegant and beautiful binding!
Content: Very good, near fine content (bright, tight, and clean, rare light foxing or staining - as shown)
Illustrated: Beautifully and profusely illustrated by Henry Justice Ford.
The book: Exquisite first edition of Animal Story Book edited by Andrew Lang - A collection of true and fictional tales from various sources about wild, domestic, and mythical animals in a wonderful Bayntun binding!
The author: Andrew Lang FBA (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him.
The illustrator: Henry Justice Ford (1860–1941) was a prolific and successful English artist and illustrator, active from 1886 through to the late 1920s. Sometimes known as H. J. Ford or Henry J. Ford, he came to public attention when he provided the numerous beautiful illustrations for Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, which captured the imagination of a generation of British children and were sold worldwide in the 1880s and 1890s.
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.
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