Admiral Togo (1960)
Admiral Togo (1960)
by Georges Blond
8 ¼ x 5 ¼. In English. Published by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1960. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 252 pp. Complete. Originally publish in France, 1958. Translated by Edward Hyams. ** Rebound by George Bayntun. ** Polished dark green 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. Elaborate dentelles with marbled pastedowns and endpapers. Bayntun binder’s stamp on front endpaper. Previous owner’s embossed stamp on front fly; otherwise no ownership markings save for a few highlighted sentences on the last two pages. Text block crisp and clean. Overall, a handsome copy. Trivial external wear and virtually new internally.
A biography of Togo Heihachiro (1848 – 1934), Admiral of the Fleet in the Imperial Japanese Navy and one of Japan's greatest naval heroes. As Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet during the Russo-Japanese War, he successfully confined the Russian Baltic Fleet to Port Arthur before winning a decisive victory over a relieving fleet at Tsushima. He served during the Tokugawa conflicts (1863–1869); Sino-French War (1884–1885); Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895); and Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905).
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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