Title THE NEW WEEK’S PREPARATION for a Worthy Receiving of the Lord’s Supper. As recommended and appointed by the Church of England... To which are added a morning and evening prayer for the Closet of Family. [with: ... Part the second].
Publisher London: W. Bent, [c. 1817, 1815]. 1817
Seller ID FF234
2 volumes in one. 12mo (150 x 95mm). [iv], viii, 134; 144 pp. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary full red morocco stamped in gilt, all edges gilt, housed in early red morocco pull-off slipcase; hinges starting, front fly-leaf with portion clipped off [former owner’s name], light wear to extremities. This item was part of both the Estelle Doheny collection and subsequently from the Lucia Batten fore-edge painting collection. The book is beautifully embellished with a DOUBLE FORE-EDGE PAINTING of da Vinci’s last supper and St. Paul’s Cathedral. This was surely painted by Helen Haywood, who was a master artist and fore-edge painter during her time. As is often the case with Haywood, her handwriting appears in the volume, inscribing the title of one painting along the “upper” view of the painting, which when reversed also has the opposing title written in ink along the “upper” view of the painting. Batten paid Weber Rare Books $1750 for this volume in 1991 – it is priced the same as then. Estelle Doheny bought this volume and gave it as a gift to her attorney. See: Jeff Weber Rare Books, Catalogue 16, “Fore-edge Painting,” item 24. Weber, Annotated Dictionary of Fore-edge Painters and Binders, (2010), pp. 169-174.