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Five bindings by Syd A. Howe of Sheffield and Guildford.

HOWE (Syd A.)

Five bindings by Syd A. Howe of Sheffield and Guildford.

HOWE
(Syd A.)

ALLEN (James Lane).

The Choir Invisible.

Small 8vo. [161 x 104 x 20 mm]. Bound by Syd Howe in dark green goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a large arrangement of flowers built up with fillets and gouges, various sized petals, roundels and flower-heads, smooth spine lettered in gilt and with a band of fillets running across and onto the covers, marbled endleaves, top edge gilt.
London: Macmillan and Co. 1910

ERTZ (Susan).

Now East, Now West.

Small 8vo. [184 x 118 x 20 mm]. Bound by Syd Howe in 1951 in green goatskin, with French joints, the covers tooled in gilt with a large central ornament composed of fillets and gouges, two flower-heads and the initials E & W, with gilt fillets at the head and foot, extending over the smooth spine, lettered upwards in gilt, lightly marbled endleaves, plain edges.
London: John Lehmann, 1950

HEWLETT (Maurice).

The Forest Lovers.

Small 8vo. [164 x 104 x 20 mm]. Bound by Syd Howe in red goatskin, the front cover with a long gilt panel with trees formed by green, black and brown goatskin onlays, outlined with gilt fillets and gouges, the title in gilt to the right, the rear cover with the panel of trees tooled in blind, smooth spine lettered upwards in gilt, marbled endleaves and edges.
London: Macmillan and Co. 1909

HEWLETT (Maurice).

Little Novels of Italy.

Small 8vo. [163 x 102 x 20 mm]. Bound by Syd Howe in green goatskin, the front cover tooled in gilt with a fillet border, with the title lettered at the centre within leafy tendrils and hearts formed by gouges, the rear cover with a gilt centrepiece of leafy tendrils and gouges, smooth spine lettered upwards in gilt, marbled endleaves and edges.

HOPE (Anthony).

The Dolly Dialogues.

Small 8vo. [162 x 103 x 16 mm]. Bound by Syd Howe in red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a central panel containing a sundial with Roman numerals and a quotation, two gilt fillets at the head and foot, extending over the spine with four raised bands, lettered upwards in gilt, marbled endleaves, plain edges.
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, [1894]

Little Novels of Italy has no title page and Howe has printed his own half-titles and contents leaves. He also signed and annotated the work in pencil, concluding "and if there is any sex, it is not vulgar, obscene, but rather tenderly done, and at the end becomes intensely moral". The Forest Lovers also has his pencil notes and The Dolly Dialogues has his signature and ink and pencil transcriptions of poems, including "For a Sundial". Now East, Now West has an ink inscription inside the front cover: "Bound by S.A. Howe, Guildford 1951". The others have a red ink stamp stating either "Bound by Syd. A Howe Sheffield and Guildford" or "Bound by Syd. A. Howe Guildford". Sydney Arthur Howe (1872-1954) was born in Stockton on Tees and was a schoolmaster, teaching in Sheffield in 1911. He was living at Malvern, Ryde's Hill Crescent, Worplesdon, near Guildford in 1939. His wife Lucetta Mabel died in 1953, and they had one daughter, Lucy, born in 1900. Howe was quite a competent binder and proud enough to sign his work. These were books that he kept for himself.

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