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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