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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland… Sixteenth Thousand. London: Macmillan & Co., 1869. With: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There... Thirteenth Thousand. London: Macmillan & Co., 1872 In-8, respectively Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: [XII] + 192 pp.; 42 wood-engraved text illustrations by John TENNIEL; Through the Looking Glass: 224 pp.; 50 wood-engraved text illustrations by John TENNIEL. Uniformly bound in citron crushed morocco, spine sewn on 5 raised bands, gilt lettering, inlaid leather red discs with gilt rays in compartments, single-fi llet border, each miniature surrounded by a single-fi llet and starburst made from inlaid red morocco with linear gilt rays, dark blue watered-silk doublures and endleaves, gilt-ruled turn-ins, edges gilt, by RIVIERE & SON (signed in gilt on upper turn-in; stamp-signed in gilt on upper silk doublure), stamp-signed in gilt on lower doublures «Miniatures by C.B. Currie,» numbers 805 and 806 of the Cosway bindings according to a printed sheet signed by J.H. Stonehouse and C.B. Currie bound in, in a citron calf slipcase lined in marbled paper (Fine condition; silk doublures worn and some tears). Dimensions: 190 x 133 mm. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in “Cosway Bindings” with two oval fi ne miniature watercolors by Miss C. B. Currie: “The March Hare” and “The Mad Hatter dipping the Dormouse into the Teapot”, after Tenniel’s illustrations, painted on ivory by C. B. Currie, one set in each cover. In the fi rst decade of the twentieth century, the London bookselling fi rm of Henry Sotheran & Co., introduced a type of binding that was decorative, had historic associations, and catered to the level of quality expected by connoisseurs at the time. Between 1902 and 1903, John Harrison Stonehouse (1864-1937), managing director of Sotheran’s, created what came to be referred to as «Cosway bindings». These were named after the celebrated eighteenth-
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