A Series of Antient [sic] Baptismal Fonts
PIONEER STUDY IN SIGNED ARABESQUE BINDING
Published: Septimus Prowett, 1828
Stock code: 2938
4to., Sole Edition, with a copper-engraved frontispiece and 39 copper-engraved plates (all plates with original tissue guards) , some minor foxing as usual (rather heavier on the first few plates); full contemporary roan, sides with gilt frame border stopped at corners by a full point, enclosing an arabesque frame in gilt incorporating lotus and other floral tools, back gilt with five raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt to a floral design, gilt edges, gilt doublures, BY SMART OF OXFORD, covers a little worn and rubbed, joints rubbed, back rubbed, corners lightly bruised, hinges cracked but quite sound, short closed marginal tear in front free endpaper, one or two age-stains on covers else a very good, bright copy.
In this pioneering work, widely regarded as the first serious study of the subject, Simpson has attempted to devise a system for classifying fonts by type. In essence, he provides a select inventory of Norman, Early English, Decorated and 'Perp' examples throughout the country.