George C. Williamson

Richard Cosway R.A.


George Bell and Sons, 1905. Hardback- publisher’s cloth with gilt and silver decoration, top edge gilt. 147pp plus b/w plates. 9 x 6.5 inches approx. Binding showing only light rubbing to extremities; offsetting to endpapers; spotting to page edges; pages dusty and with occasional foxing throughout but generally clean; several pages slightly kinked to upper corner; open gutter between two page gatherings but otherwise page block remains tight either side of the break. Further images of this book can be found here at my website. Overall, light wear but otherwise in nice, clean condition – an exceptional copy that probably had its dustwrapper until the recent past…

Revised and re-written study of the portrait miniaturist Richard Cosway of a work first published in 1896.

Lovely decorative binding designed by ‘G.M.W.’ incorporating a Cosway miniature.

Richard Cosway, long after his death, was the inspiration for the ‘Cosway Binding’ that utilised a finely painted miniature inlaid into a fine leather binding.


Offered by D. B. Derbyshire Bookseller