Jameson, Sacred and Legendary Art, 2 vols. (1870)


Mrs Jameson, Sacred and Legendary Art, 2 vols. (London: Longmans, Green & Co, 6th edn. 1870), xix, [1]–394 pp. [1]; xv, [395]–818 pp. Illustrations printed in red ink as shown.

Octavo (8.5 x 6”). Full leather binding in levant morocco, raised spine ribs with bright gilt lettering, marbled endpapers with inside dentilles. Front and back panels stamped in gilt and in blind. All edges gilt. Signed bindings by John Ramage.

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Mrs [Anna Brownell née Murphy] Jameson (1794–1860) enjoyed a circle of friends that included Lady Byron, Jane Carlyle, Fanny Kemble, Elizabeth Gaskell, Harriett Martineau, and especially the Brownings. This book was to influence Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites.

The binder of this volume, John Ramage (1836–1911) served an apprenticeship with John Wright (1842–1853), described by Charles Ramsden as ‘a binder of the highest order’. Ramage took the unusual step of moving to Paris, where he was able to work with the eminent bookbinder Marcellin Lortic (1822–1892), who opened his shop on the Rue St Honoré in 1840. In 1860 Ramage purchased the Edinburgh binding business of Alexander Banks, Jr. Three years later he returned to London, in which his business was situated in various locations into the 20th century, until the premises in Warwick Lane near St Paul’s was destroyed during the Blitz in 1941. (See e.g. Howard M. Nixon, B, (London: Maggs Bros. 1982), 106.)

DIMENSIONS: 8.50" H x 6.00" W
YEAR: 1870
CONDITION: Near fine but with small crack to hinge base of vol. i as shown
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