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by Racine, Jean; [Currer, Frances Mary Richardson]

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Paris: A. Belin, 1813. Very good.. Beautifully bound set of the works of the French playwright, from the library of Frances Mary Richardson Currer, who was among the most celebrated book collectors of her era. This set was once owned by Yorkshire coal heiress Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), who built a celebrated library of some 20,000 volumes. Contemporaries praised Currer's scholarship and taste, as well as the rigorous organization and "choice condition" of her books. The bibliographer Thomas Frognall Dibdin called her a "book-genius," and remarked of her library: "I may fairly and honestly say, that with the exception of Althorpe, Chatsworth, and Stowe, I know of NO such collection of books, situated in the country that can pretend to break a lance with it [...] The 'Collections' are nearly perfect." In 1820, and again in 1833, Currer issued a catalogue of her holdings, widely viewed as "the model catalogue of a private library" (DNB), and sent copies to book collectors across England and Europe, including members of the newly formed Roxburghe Club, quietly asserting her place among them. (This set is documented in the 1833 catalogue.) Also known for her commitment to charitable causes, Currer is obliquely noted as a "wealthy lady, in the West Riding of Yorkshire" who paid off the debts of a new widower, Patrick Brontë; scholars speculate that Charlotte Brontë's unusual pen name, Currer Bell, is a tribute to Frances Currer. A choice set once held by one of the great English book collectors of the Regency and early Victorian periods, when the field of book collecting as practiced in the UK and US today began to cohere. 5 octavo volumes, 8.25'' x 5'' each. Contemporary full blue calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-stamped spines, red goatskin spine labels, triple-ruled gilt boards. All edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Text in French. clxxii, 297, [1]; 488; 486; 392; 310 pages. Engraved bookplate of Currer on front pastedown of each volume; ink gift inscription dated 1966 on fly leaf of each volume. Bindings with a bit of dryness and trace wear around joints; vol. I with ink stain at top joint of front board; some gatherings foxed, and a few areas of marginal staining or spotting. Joints firm. Gilt bright.


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Racine, Jean; [Currer, Frances Mary Richardson]
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19th century,English & British,Theatre,France
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Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding. Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat the...
Raised Band(s)
Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books. The bands are created in the...
Foxing is the age related browning, or brown-yellowish spots, that can occur to book paper over time. When this aging process...
A term used in bookbinding, where a gathering of sheets is folded at the middle, then bound into the binding together. The...
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...
Goatskin, leather made from goat, is durable and easy to dye. The original and finest examples of Morocco binding are goatskin....
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
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The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....

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