Fine Binding with Vellum Armorial Bookplate of Lord Wardington (1962)

Commonweath Stamp Company

The Commonwealth Catalogue of King George VI Postage Stamps, 1962

Published: The Commonweath Stamp Coy., Liverpool

Date: 1962

Ninth Edition 1962-63. A fine red morocco binding, signed MS.62 to the bottom of front endboard, quite simple but very smart with gilt ruling to edges of both boards going over the spine and gilt lettering to the spine. All edges gilt, plain green endpapers and silk head and tail bands. Vellum armorial bookplate of Lord Wardington to rear endboard. Some darkening to the leather at the bottom of the spine going over slightly to both boards, otherwise very clean and bright with no scuffing to corners. Internally very clean. 163pp. Lord Wardington (1924-2005) was, successively, Chairman, Vice-President, and then President of the Friends of the British Library. His grandfather, John William Pease, was a member of the Northumberland banking and business family who amassed a substantial library, and Lord Wardington added greatly to it. Sotheby’s sales of books and atlases from his library realised £17.3m in 2006, the highest total for a series of book at the time. His patronage, for over 40 years, of contemporary British bookbinders is reflected by his commissioning of more than 150 bindings from over 50 binders, mostly on modern bible texts and atlases for the Wardington library, and his constant and continual support has made a significant contribution towards keeping the tradition of fine craft binding alive today.

Near Fine

Fine Binding


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