Miniature Book News # 68: 1991 March Page: 1
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS
Number 68 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 March, 1991
Three highly unusual covers on
miniature books surfaced last year at
auction. They are all 22-karat hallmarked
gold bindings holding front
and back covers with a fine portrait
miniature painting on ivory set beneath
glass. These bindings were crafted by
Riviere & Son, renown London
binders, in 1910. To our knowledge,
these binding examples have been
We will let the catalogue descriptions
and photographs tell the story.
Riviere & Son, binders. Alfred Mills. London in
Miniature. With Engravings of its Public Buildings
and Antiquities. London: for Darton, Harvey & Darton,
64mo (binding: 2A x 2A2 in.; 66 x 64 mm). 47 engraved
plates after Mills. A 22-KARAT GO(lI) BINDING, hallmarked
Iondon, 1910, the covers hinged to the spine,
FACII COVER WITH A FINE PORTRAIT MINIATURE BY C. B.
CURRIE set beneath glass, that on the front of Dick
Whittington and his cat, that on the rear cover of
Daniel Defoe, the spine embossed with title, green
silk endpapers, gilt edges, signed by Riviere on front
pastedown, rear pastedown gilt-stamped Miniatures by
C. B. Currie. Green morocco folding-case gilt, velvetlined,
Riviere & Son, binders. Izaak Walton. The Complete
Angler; or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. London:
William Pickering, 1825
32mo (binding: 3 x 27/6 in.; 90 x 62 mm). Additional
engraved title-page and engraved frontispiece after
T. Stothard by A. Fox, 14 woodcut illustrations in text;
engraved title-page and frontispiece extended. A
22-KARAT GOLD BINDING, hallmarked London, 1910, the
covers hinged to the spine, EACH COVER WITH A FINE
PORTRAIT MINIATURE BY C. B. CURRIE on ivory set beneath
glass, that on the front of Walton, that on the
rear of Charles Cotton, the spine embossed with
author and title, gilt edges, burnt-orange silk moire
endpapers, signed by Riviere on front free endpaper,
rear free endpaper signed Miniatures by C. B. Currie.
Green morocco folding-case gilt, velvet-lined, hidden
clasp; slightly rubbed and faded.
Alfred Mills, London in Miniature, 1814, in hallmarked gold binding by Riviere
& Son, made in 1910. Front and back covers shown actual size.
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News # 68: 1991 March, periodical, 1991; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9359/m1/1/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.