April 2023 Catalogue

B a u m a n R a r e B o o k s A p r i l 2 0 2 3 11 French Painters Of The XVIIIth Century, Beautifully Bound With Five Cosway-Style Portraits Inset Into The Front Cover, Including Marie Antoinette And Madame De Pompadour— The Helen Clay Frick Copy 9. (COSWAY-STYLE BINDING) DILKE, Lady. French Painters of the XVIIIth Century. London, 1899. Quarto, contemporary full crimson morocco gilt, front cover elaborately gilt-decorated with five Cosway-style portraits inset behind glass, custom slipcase. $25,000. First edition, with 78 full-page illustrations of works by Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard, Watteau, and other 18th-century French masters. This copy beautifully bound in full morocco by Rivière & Son with five splendid hand-painted portraits of Marie Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour, the Duchess de Chartres, the Duchess de Chateauroux, and Catherine Noel Gran de Talleyrand-Perigord, Princess de Benevent inset into the front cover behind glass in the Cosway style. Helen Clay Frick’s copy, with her bookplate. This copy is bound by Riviere & Son in an exquisite Cosway-style binding. Cosway bindings (named in 1909 for renowned 19th-century English miniaturist Richard Cosway) were the brainchild of John Harrison Stonehouse,