( Henry STAMPER, binder ) ELIOT, George
ELEGANT FOURTH EDITION IN SIGNED STAMPER BINDING
Published: William Blackwood, 1859
Stock code: 37672
2 vols., 8vo., Fourth Edition, neat contemporary signature on blank preliminary; elegantly bound in contemporary full tan calf, sides with multiple frame border stopped at corners with gilt rosettes, back with five raised bands ruled in gilt, second compartments with red leather labels framed and lettered in gilt, third compartments framed and lettered in gilt, all other compartments elaborately framed and tooled in gilt, marbled edges, gilt doublures, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, a most attractive copy in wholly unrestored period binding.
THE BINDING IS SIGNED ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER VERSOS. Henry Stamper (1802?-1887), master bookbinder, was an associate of Bedford, Lewis, Clarke and Morrell; indeed he may have succeeded Bedford as manager of the Lewis bindery, and his later business passed to Morrell. Examples of his work are held by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian. [We are indebted to Laurence Worms for the foregoing information.]