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Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 1904, Signed Bayntun Binding



Cranford by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Illustrated C.E. Brock

Published by J.M. Dent & Co., London in 1904

Onlaid Leather Binding by Bayntun

FINE Condition

Binding Details:  Signed Bayntun binding featuring three-quarter calf leather covered boards over linen with gilt decorations and titling to the spine with five raised spine hubs, marbled endpapers, top page edges gilted with the other being uncut page end. The Bayntun Binders stamp appears on the top of the first free endpaper.

Measures 7.875” x 5”, 253 pages

Book Details:  Cranford is the most popular novel of the 19th century Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell in which she describes her girlhood village of Knutsford and the efforts of its shabby-genteel inhabitants to keep up appearances. It was first published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. This 1904 edition features 25 exquisitely drawn and colored illustrations by C.E. Brock that included a frontispiece protected by a tissue guard.

Condition Report:  The book is in FINE condition. The binding is tight with secure and undamaged hinges. The leather remains whole and supple with the most minimal of surface wear to the linen boards. Internally complete and clean with no foxing. Overall, the book is in exceptional condition.

Photographs of the book and endpapers appear in the photo section of the listing.