London: John Murray, . With numerous wood engravings by Reynolds Stone on every page. Minor chipping to the red paint where it overlays the gilt accents and some smudging to the red paint on lower board. Spine also hand-painted in blue and titled in black. All edges gilt. A near fine copy in an innovative binding. In a fine binding by Garth While of full vellum over boards. Both boards accented with gilt panels and hand-painted in black, pink, yellow, blue, and purple. With Latin text (including the Jesuit motto Ad maiorem Dei gloriam) on both boards hand-lettered in black, burgundy, and red. Quarto. xli, 151 pp. Item #16744
Garth While trained in bookbinding under H. A. De Coverley at Morley College and studied calligraphy with Dorothy Mahoney, a student and assistant of Edward Johnston, at the Stanhope Institute. During his bookbinding career, While specialized in hand-painted vellum bindings, including custom bindings for copies of Stanley Morison’s Politics and Script and Hilda Simon’s Feathers Plain and Fancy. While is now a silversmith whose work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum.