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The vision

Cosway-style binding. English (London), c.1930. Rivière & Son. Blue goatskin, the front cover decorated with gilt tulips and contrasting onlay flowers, lily cornerpieces, and wreath surrounding miniature painting of the Duc d'Enghien under glass; back cover with bees semée (scattered) around miniature of Napoleon. These bindings were devised by the London bookseller Henry Sotheran, inspired by the…