Miniature Book News # 76: 1993 March Page: 1
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS
Number 76 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 March, 1993
SANGORSKI AND SUTCLIFFFE
Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe
were the founders, in 1901, of the
leading British firm of fine craftsmen
book binders, a reputation that carries
forward to this day. They had studied
binding with Douglas Cockerell, who
was one of the most renown and
influential 20th century English book
binders. Cockerell, in turn, had served
his apprenticeship with the famed
Doves Press of T.J. Cobden-Sanderson.
In addition to regular sized books,
Sangorski and Sutcliffe also have
produced and bound miniature books
One such beautiful binding of a beautiful
miniature manuscript bound,
and also written and illuminated,
by Sangorski and Sutcliffe is Two
Speeches, by Abraham Lincoln.
This choice Lincoln item contains
58 numbered pages of fine writing
on vellum comprising a title page
and 6 other pages with elaborate
borders, a portrait of Lincoln, ornamental
initials and other decorations
in the text, some heightened with
gold. The title page and 4 others
have decorated text in blue or red
ink, the remainder in black, while
other initials or keywords are scripted
in red or orange.
The binding is of red morocco gilt,
both covers are decorated with the
American eagle within an elaborate
border of leaves, with the title and
author embossed on the front cover.
The book measures 1 3/8 by 11/8 inches.
The two speeches are "On the Field
of Gettysburg, November 19, 1863,"
the famous "Four Score and Seven
Years Ago ....." speech, and "the Second
Inaugural Presidential address, March
The book itself was written during
the years 1930-1939, and the binding
was also executed at that time,
although the elaborate gilt tooling
on the leather was not done until
about 1950. There is no date or place
on the title page, so we have to say
that the book was produced from
1930 to 1950.
According to Glaister's Encyclopedia
of the Book, the most important
recent work of Sangorski and Sutcliffe
was the binding of the Coronation
Abraham Lincoln: Two Speeches, illuminated manuscript written and bound by
Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Left photo shows part of text and portrait of Lincoln. Right
photo shows elaborate gilt tooling on front cover. Actual size.
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Edison, Julian I. Miniature Book News # 76: 1993 March, periodical, 1993; St. Louis, Missouri. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9422/m1/1/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections.