Addenda to Annotated Dictionary…


10.  THACKERAY, William M. The four Georges; Sketches of Manners, Morals, Court and Town Life … With illustrations. London: Smith, Elder, 1861. 12mo. 226 pp. Full dark navy straight grain morocco by Rivière. Spine dated with incorrect year of publication (1841). Bookplate of Hamilton Fish Webster.

No. 10 “View of Virginia Water” “Fore-edge painting by C. B. Currie” written in gilt on front pastedown. “Bound by Rivière & Son” and “H. Sotheran & Co. 43. Piccadilly. London” stamped on front free endpaper, verso.

FEP: “This is No. 10 of the books with painting on the foredges by Miss Currie – View of Virginia water.”

Provenance: Hamilton Fish Webster (1861-1939) – Webster gave this book with the Redwood Library & Athenaeum June 30, 1936.

Published: Annual Report of the Librarian for 1935-36: “We have recently received from Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Fish Webster a notable collection of 388 books, many of the books are handsomely bound in leather. One rare item is a first edition of Thackeray’s “Four Georges” bound in dark blue Levant Morocco by Rivière and Son, with a fore edge painting by Miss Currie. As far we know this is the only book with a fore edge painting in the Library.”


Weber-Currie p. 312 [“unknown”]. This was one of the missing pieces now located.

Location: Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Newport, RI 02840 [October 2012].



12.  IRVING, Washington. A history of New York, from the beginning of the world to the end of the Dutch Dynasty. By Diedrich Knickerbocker. Philadelphia, 1836. Two volumes in one. Small 8vo. xxv, [2], 28-276; vi, [1], 8-235, [1] pp. Full dark green straight-grained morocco, gilt back, richly tooled panels on sides, gilt edges, doublures and ends of watered silk, by Rivière for Sotheran. Bookplate of Roderick Terry (1849-1933).

FEP: View of East RiverShore in 1750 from an old print.

Provenance: Anderson Auction Co., New York, Sale 1026, April 20-22, 1914, lot 76 – Roderick Terry – Terry gave the book September 24, 1951, to the Redwood Library & Athenaeum.

Location: Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Newport, RI 02840 [October 2012].

Weber-Currie p. 313.


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