With a Beautiful Fore-Edge Painting by Edwards of Halifax
EDWARDS OF HALIFAX. Shipwreck, A Poem. By William Falconer, A Sailor: The Text Illustrated by Additional Notes, and Corrected from the First and Second Editions; With A Life of the Author, by J.S. Clarke, F.R.S. Vicar of Preston, and Librarian to the Prince. London: Printed for William Miller , 1806.
A "New Edition." Small octavo (7 1/8 x 4 1/2 inches; 181 x 114 mm). [4], [i]-lii, [1, blank], [2], 215, [1, blank] pp. With Five engraved vignettes and three engraved plates, by J. Fittler, after paintings by N. Pocock.

With a fine contemporary fore-edge painting by Edwards of Halifax. The scene is of and angler fishing on the river Thames, with Eton College in the background. The painting is very bright.

In a fine contemporary Edwards of Halifax “Etruscan” tree calf binding Spine with some refurbishing. Boards tooled in A greek key pattern. Spine stamped and tooled in gilt. Black morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges gilt, gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Two previous owner's small bookplates on front endpapers. Two previous owner's old ink signatures on front blanks. Overall a very nice copy and a beautiful fore-edge.

The Edwards family were booksellers and publishers as well as binders, but it is in this last capacity that they qualify for a separate entry in this book because they had three specialties popular with collectors, examples of which , therefore are likely to be attributed to 'Edwards of Halifax' even when (as almost invariably) unsigned. These specialties were fore-edge painting, a technique revived and popularised by William and continued particularly by Thomas; the Etruscan style of decorating calf, if not evolved by William, at least very early and successfully adopted by him..." (ABE for Book Collectors, John Carter).

HBS # 68350 $4,500