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The English garden

The most famous bookbinder of his day. English, mid 18th century. Edwards of Halifax. Transparent vellum, decorated with a gilt-tooled Doric and curved floral border; sphinxes in bottom corners, satyrs' masks in top corners. On front cover, seated, a draped female holding a shield inscribed 'J.J.'; on the back, a youth reclining with a pipe. This binding style was invented and made popular by the …