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42. BILIBIN, Ivan (illustrator). Skazki. [Six Fairy Tales: Fenist the Falcon; vassilisa the Beautiful; marya morevna; The Tale of Tasrevich ivan, The Fire-Bird and Grey Wolf; Sister Alyonushka and Brother ivanushka & The Little White Duck]. moscow; “Goznak”. 1965-1968.


£148


4to. 5 volumes; each bound in original cream pictorial card covers and contained as a set within the original wood-grain textured cloth flapcase pictorially decorated in metallic red; each volume 16pp.; containing a total of 47 beautiful full-, half-page, and smaller illustrations together with patterned border designs and text panels throughout; beautifully printed with the addition of silver illumination; a fine and complete set attractively presented; the flapcase with small and unnoticeable repaired splits to edges.


First editions thus. Text in Russian. This set of facsimile editions of the late 19th century first editions by Bilibin do justice to the striking graphic design and printing of the originals.


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BAcKWARD-LooKinG BiRD TooL 43. [BINDING] ORDER OF THE BATH. Statutes of the most honourable order of the Bath. 1725. £1,995


4to., finely bound in contemporary full red morocco with four ties, boards with a wide gilt border made up of a backward-looking bird tool and floral sprays, spine gilt in compartments; pp. viii + 67, engraved illustration on page 16 shows, as text explains, the Ensign of the order. Spine and joints slightly worn, ties skilfully replaced, a little browning to title-page and a few other leaves, otherwise a very good copy with wide margins in an elaborate contemporary binding.


First edition. The order of the Bath is late medieval in origin. it arose from the ritual washing (inspired by the washing of baptism), a symbol of spiritual purification, which formed part of a knight’s preparations for the conferment of knighthood. The honour was not conferred until the candidates had prepared themselves by various rituals designed to purify the inner soul by fasting, vigils and prayer, and cleansing themselves by bathing.


The order was revived by George i in 1725 as a regular military order, to serve the purposes of the first Prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, who required an additional source for political rewards. The revived order consisted of the Sovereign, a Great master and 36 Knights companions.


This copy belonged to Lieutenant General the hon. charles howard with his bookplate. howard was invested into the order on may 2nd 1749. This copy of the Statutes would have been specially bound for him for his investiture.


other examples of this backward-looking bird tool are recorded in maggs catalogue 1212 Bookbinding in the British isles, in which a copy of Baretti’s Travels, 1770, is illustrated. They record other examples on a copy of Waller’s Poems 1711, and a Strawberry hill Memoirs of Grammont 1772. These bindings all date from the 1770’s and so this is an early example of the use of the tool.


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