1910 Rare 1stED bound by Bayntun Riviere - Wagner's Rhinegold and the Valkyrie illustrated by Arthur RACKHAM.
Author: Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Wagner, Richard. Armour, Margaret (Translator).
Title: The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Publisher: London: William Heinemann, 1910. First edition illustrated by Rackham.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9.5" X 7.5".
Pages: ix, [i], 159,  pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine binding finely bound by Bayntun Riviere in full green morocco leather with gilt decorations on covers and spine, all edges gilt (hinges fine, rear board slightly scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. A beautiful binding!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, some light foxing - mainly on preliminary pages - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the 34 tipped-in color plates with descriptive tissue guards and numerous black and white illustrations.
The book: Rare First edition illustrated by Rackham of Wagner's Rhinegold & the Valkyrie in a wonderful Bayntun Riviere binding!
The author: Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his mature works were later known, "music dramas"). Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionized opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk ("total work of art"), by which he sought to synthesize the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realized these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).
The illustrator: Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was a prolific British artist and illustrator, best known for his deluxe editions of popular children's books. Artistically inclined since childhood, Rackham started illustrating for newspapers, but it was not until he began drawing for children's literature that he received critical acclaim.
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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