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English fine binding, 18th century

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.

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Taken on October 7, 2010