Annals of The English Stage.
London: John Nimmo, 1888. 10 volume set, 10.5 inches tall, 11 including slip cases. A magnificent full crushed morocco binding by Petrus Ruban, one of the greatest Parisian bookbinders of the period. With gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels incorporating 'theatrical' centre tools. The boards are framed with triple fillets and 'theatrical' gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and top edges and glorious goatskin doublures. Each volume has a different design on its blue goatskin doublures, a feature I’ve not seen before, all are exceptionally finely executed. The books have been housed in calf trimmed and kid lined slip cases.
This set has been expanded from the original 3 volume set, limited to 300 copies, to a unique set of 10 volumes embellished with over 1000 extra illustrations. This set was commissioned by an English Gentleman residing in Milan who built up a superb library of Graingerised or Extra Illustrated volumes, bound by the finest bookbinders around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The history of the English stage from Thomas Betterton to Edmund Kean is here illustrated by centuries of fine engravings.
3 letters are also bound in, these are by Colley Cibber, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Barton Booth, all are very interesting. There is some minimal rubbing, but is in an excellent state having been housed in slip cases for the last 120 years or so.