Cosway Bindings

Cosway Bindings.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, the London bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran & company introduced a type of binding that was decorative, had historic associations, and catered to the level of quality expected by connoisseurs at the time. Between 1902 and 1903, John Harrison Stonehouse (1864–1937), managing director of Sotheran’s, created what came to be referred to as “Cosway bindings.” Named for the celebrated eighteenth-century English portrait miniaturist Richard Cosway (1742–1821), Cosway bindings are distinguished by their attractive, finely painted miniatures on ivory that are protected by glass and inset into covers or doublures.




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