Gray, Thomas; Parnell, Thomas; Collins, William; Green, Matthew; Warton, Thomas; Foster, Birket [illus]; Willmott, Robert Aris [ed.]
Catalogue No.: k2093
London: George Routledge & Co
Reprint; Published Date: 1854
B/w plates by Birket Foster and E Corbould
170 x 120 mm (7 x 5 inches) - 128pp, 108pp, 91pp, 44pp, 190pp.
Red hardback morrocco leather cover.
VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. Marbled endpapers and gauffered gilt edges. Bookplate to front pastedown.
Binding by R R Balfour, High Street, Montrose.
Gauffering, or goffering as it is also known, is likely as old as the process of edge-gilding. In its simplest form, gauffering involved impressing a pattern into the edges of a book, after they had been gilded, with warm finishing tools or rolls. Presumably due to the work involved, it was not a common form of decoration and by the mid-1600s the practice had mostly died out. The 19th century saw its resurgence, however, with numerous ornate and religious bindings sporting a variety of lace-like repeating patterns.
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