This fine binding of red goatskin onlaid in black and gold tooled, was bound by the Geometrical Compartment Binder about 1703, probably at the request of the author as a presentation copy.
The Geometrical Compartment Binder, so named by Howard Nixon because of the binder's liking for geometrical patterns based on the French fanfare style, was a London binder active in the first two decades of the 18th century. His favourite geometrical pattern, the square with a semicircle in the centre of each side, can be seen at the centre of this binding.
The Geometrical Compartment Binder bound at least four other copies of Gander's work: three with very similar designs, and a fourth held in the King's Library of the British Library in almost identical design. Blind-tooled quartering lines, the finisher's guidelines for the gold-tooled pattern, are just visible on this cover.
Purchased by Alexander Turnbull.
Upper cover of Joseph Gander, ‘The glory of Her Sacred Majesty Queen Anne’ (London: Printed for the authour, 1703). REng GAND Glory 1703.