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The Sonnets.

KEATS (John).

KEATS (John).

The Sonnets.

Title within decorated border, and decorated initials.

Small 4to. [215 x 175 x 15 mm]. [2]ff, 54, [2] pp. Contemporary binding by Bagguley of Newcastle-Under-Lyme (signed in gilt on the front turn-in and with their ink "Sutherland Patent" stamp on the verso of the front free endleaf) of blue goatskin, the covers with a gilt single fillet border, smooth spine lettered in gilt with a single fillet at the head and foot. Vellum doublures elaborately tooled by the "Sutherland" process in blue, purple and gilt to a strapwork design with an arabesque centre, blue watered-silk endleaves, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. (Tips of the corners worn).
[London? c.1900].

A fine example of a "Sutherland Binding", using the process patented by George Bagguley in 1895 (Patent Office Specification no.18737). Named after the Duchess of Sutherland, the process involved the application of colour tooling, combined with conventional gilt tooling, on vellum doublures. The best of the designs were by Leon V. Solon, the son of a ceramic artist. Other examples were designed by Dorothy Talbot and Charles Connor. As usual, the exterior has been left plain.

George Thomas Bagguley (b.1860) established himself as a bookseller in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire in 1890. Though the firm appears in the Directories from 1892 until 1940 as booksellers and not bookbinders, a photograph of the Bagguley shop in the High Street taken in 1925 shows the front bearing the lettering "Bookbinder, Bookseller, Printer and Stationer". Bookbinding took place on the premises and the shop closed in 1952. The work was often of the highest quality, as Bagguley employed a number of the best finishers, including Louis Genth and Thomas E. Caley.

Bookplates of Albert Henry Wiggin and "Selden".

Stock no. ebc3229

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