SULLIVAN, Sir Edward. Ye Sette of Odd Volumes. Opusculum 87 of February 1929. [FINE TREVOR LLOYD REPLICA OF A SULLIVAN BINDING]

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Brother Bookbinder (Sir Edward Sullivan, Bart.). Compiled by Brother Ivor Stewart-Liberty, Sciolist to the Sette. Coloured frontispiece of an elaborately inlaid and gilded binding by Sullivan, specially bound for Queen Victoria. [Privately Printed]. Imprinted for [Brother Ivor Stewart-Liberty], by Alabaster, Passmore & Sons, Ltd. 64 Cannon Street, E.C.4., and to be had of no Bokesellers, 1929. Post octavo. pp. v, 75. Text within decorative border. Edition limited to 101 copies. Pages untrimmed. A lavish binding richly tooled by Trevor Lloyd in the style of Sir Edward Sullivan, 2nd Bart. in full purple straight-grained morocco. The covers are decorated to a panel design, with gilt dotted border enclosing small flowers, fleur-de-lys, stems, gilt dots, circles and several flowers with red morocco onlays; tulips in corners with purple morocco onlays; a stylized scalloped centre oval lozenge with purple morocco onlay, centre and surround decorated with gilt dots, leaves and flowers. Flat spine with similar gilt decoration, title in gilt direct; turn-ins with gilt floral roll made up of tulips, fleur-de-lys and dots; cream endpapers; blue and gold endbands. Original green wrappers bound in at end. All edges gilt. A superb example from this master craftsman.
Sir Edward Sullivan, 2nd. Bart. (1852-1928) succeeded his father as second baronet in 1885. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, he was called to the Irish Bar in 1879 and to the English Bar in 1888. He is best known for his monograph on the Book of Kells which long remained the standard authority. He was a trustee of the National Library of Ireland and president of the Sette of Odd Volumes in London. His most important legacy, however, is his volume of rubbings and photographs of the magnificent 18th century bookbindings of the Manuscript Journals of both Houses of the Irish Parliament which were destroyed with the shelling of the Four Courts in 1922. These form the sole record of the lavishly bound Parliamentary bindings. Sullivan was not a binder, he was ‘a finisher’ and signed himself `Aurifex’, meaning worker in gold.
Trevor Lloyd has been binding and restoring antiquarian books for book collectors, dealers, and private libraries for almost forty years. His knowledge of books and the materials used in their construction - together with his skills as a craftsman bookbinder - enables Trevor to rebind and restore antiquarian books to the exact style of their period and country of origin. In June 2015 Trevor was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for the craft of bookbinding and book restoration.

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