The Preacher. by [JONES, Owen (1809-74)] illuminator

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Spectacular wooden binding - carved, burnt, stamped or water-logged? Major Abbey’s copy

The Preacher.

[London]: Longman & Co. 1849. Royal 8vo, [18] leaves, chromolithographed throughout in colours and gold of the text and illuminations by Owen Jones, bound in the publisher’s “carved” wooden binding over black morocco, the spine blind-tooled in a diaper pattern, armorial bookplate of “John Roland Abbey MDCCCCXXXII” on front pastedown and his ms. accession note “J.A. 4810 18/4/1950”on rear flyleaf. A good copy.
There has been much discussion and speculation on the actual method used to mass produce these extraordinary wooden bindings. They were often referred to as “carved” but closer study makes this seem unlikely. “Burned” has also been suggested, but with no signs of any residual scorching this has also been thought unlikely. “Heat-stamped” has gained credence in recent years. However, laid in loose, there is a photocopy of an entry in The Register of Arts and Sciences of “Mr Straker’s New Mode of Embossing on Wood (From the Transactions of the Society of Arts)” where he suggests a method of impressing a design on the wood; planing the surface level again, then immersing in water to swell the design. There is perhaps yet more research to be done on these unique bindings.

For Straker’s method see https://www.jstor.org/stable/41315562

Stock No: HMF1623
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