[Binding, Fine- Bayntun Riviere of Bath] A KEMPIS [Works] - Rare Book Insider
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Kempis, (Thomas A.)

[Binding, Fine- Bayntun Riviere of Bath] A KEMPIS [Works]

Arthur L. Humphreys, London: 1897
First Edition. Large 8vo, 8 1/2 x 7 inches. 266pp. Sumptuously bound by Bayntun-Riviere (signed in gilt lower front dentelle: "Bound by Bayntun (Riviere) Bath, England," in full red crushed morocco with concentric gilt-ruled bordering and central gilt detailed with "IHS" on both covers, ornate gilt decorated spine in seven compartments, wide dentelles with ornate gilt design work, superb marbled endsheets. All edges finely gilt. Printed on handmade laid paper. This is the scarce Humphrey's edition, finely printed. Fine condition in every way. Provenance: Robin de Beaumont Library, with his bookplate. Inscription by a former recent order on prelim page in pen.
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