FORE-EDGE PAINTING-18TH CENTURY.
Le livre des prieres communes | The Book of Common Prayer. Oxford: John Baskett, 1717. 8vo (197 x 115 mm). Unpaginated (A8 2A8 B-2G8). Parallel text in French and English, ruled in red throughout. Period red morocco, covers with single-fillet gilt panel enclosing border of onlaid green morocco crenelated squares, the panel sides each with scallop-based onlaid green pyramid decorated with sunburst devices, the panel corners with fan-like floral onlays, spine gilt in compartments with onlays, a.e.g. Upper cover detached, a few spine onlays lacking.
Provenance: purchased from London bookseller Walter T. Spencer in August 1954; thence by descent.
WITH A FINE EARLY ARMORIAL FORE-EDGE PAINTING featuring Gordon, Badenoch, Seton and Frazer family arms, with greyhound and Senator of the College of Justice supporters, flanked by rose bushes and birds. A loosely inserted note suggests that the painting commemorates the wedding of Cosmo George, third duke of Gordon [1720/211752] to Lady Catherine Gordon [1718-1779] in 1741.