by Richard Aldington
Full Title: Wellington, Being an account of the Life & Achievements of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
8 ½ x 5 ½. In English. Printed in Great Britain at the Windmill Press for William Heinemann, London, 1946. FIRST EDITION, Second Printing. Stated. 378 pp. Complete. Illustrated. ** Rebound by George Bayntun. ** Polished, full black morocco with double gilt rules on front and rear boards. Spine with five raised bands. Compartments with double gilt rules as well as elaborate and detailed designs. Red morocco label with bright gilt title. Spine head and tail as well as corners sharp. Gilt foredges. Extremities near fine. Negligible shelf wear. Elaborate dentelles with marbled pastedowns and endpapers. Previous owner’s bookplate on front pastedown. Minor yellow highlighting of a few sentences on three occasions; otherwise free of ownership markings. George Bayntun’s bookplate describing how the book was bound and how to care for the book neatly applied to the front endpaper. Frontis with tissue guard. Title page and text block crisp and clean. Overall, a handsome copy with brilliant shelf appeal.
A fine biography of the Duke's long, arduous and supremely useful life, with his career extending and embracing the period of the French Revolution; the Western embroilment in the Far East; Napoleon's domination of the continent creating vast technological and social changes, culminating with Waterloo and the succeeding four decades of his life as the power and symbol of England.
About the binder: George Bayntun was born and lived in Bath, Somerset, England where he served a book-binding apprenticeship before starting his own book-binding business in Northumberland Place in 1894. He took on a number of London binders in order to raise the standard of craftsmanship in his own bindery and soon afterwards moved the business into larger premises on Walcot Street in Bath. Bayntun adhered to traditional book binding techniques and built a strong relationship with many American dealers. His last years were crowned by the patronage of Queen Mary, who spent the World War II years near Bath. She granted Bayntun’s firm the royal appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950.
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