Detail View: LUNA: Folger Bindings Image Collection: Inside front cover, STC 13867.

Image Caption: 
Inside front cover, STC 13867.
General Description: 
A binding by Emile Mercier, successor to Francisque Cuzin, for Robert Hoe, ca. 1895. Brown goatskin over millboards with gilt decoration.
Mercier, Emile, 1855-1910.
ca. 1895
Call Number: 
STC 13867 copy 1
Gregory Lewis Way (d. 1799); his sale Sotheby's, July 1, 1881, lot 64; David Adee; his sale Bangs & Co., New York, November 18, 1895, lot 473; Robert Hoe (1839-1909), bookplate; his sale Anderson Auction Co., January 8, 1912, lot 3169; Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927); his sale Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, December 10, 1917, lot 366, where H. C. Folger purchased this book.
Songes and sonnets, written by the Right honourable Lord Henry Haward late Earle of Surrey, and others.
Created / Published: 
Imprinted at London : By Iohn VVindet, 1585.
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Technical Description: 
Sewn on five raised cords. Four plain endpapers. Pasted-in leather joint and vellum doublures. Marbled edges under gold. Head- and tailbands worked in green, red, and yellow silk. Blue silk bookmark. Boards back cornered. Mitered corners. Head- and tailcaps tied round. Polished covers.
155 x 100 x 14 mm.
Decorative Description: 
A two-line fillet outer border; inner panel a pastiche of an Italian Renaissance arabesque tool edged by a three-line fillet. Six spine compartments; second and third bear title, date, and place of publication; others have triple fillet panels with fleurons and four-petal blossoms. Boards edged with gilt two-line fillet; turn-ins with fillets and decorative rolls. Vellum doublure tooled with a roll and fillet border and undulating vine and tendril frame and centerpiece, a pastiche of 17th century Parisian work. At bottom of vellum doublure: monogram of Robert Hoe and "MERCIER Sr [Successeur] DE CUZIN."
Other Details: 
Francisque Cuzin (1836-1890) worked for a time as a forwarder for- Trautz (Trautz-Bauzonnet) and later established his own shop. He became one of the finest binders in France, specializing in 18th century pastiche. Leon Maillard worked for him as his finisher until 1881 and had the right to cosign bindings. In 1882 Emile Mercier became his finisher and further enhanced the firm's reputation for excellence, so much so that their style became known as "Le Genre Cuzin." Mercier and Cuzin worked together for eight years. It is said that after the death of Cuzin, Mercier's main objective was to sustain the reputation of his colleague.
Breslauer, Historic, p. 88; Stanley Bray, Christie's (New York), catalogue 7156 (November 9, 1990): The Chevalier Collection, p. 109; Prideaux, Bookbinders, p. 119.
Folger 15:5 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Fine and historic bookbindings from the Folger Shakespeare Library, New York, 1992).
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Doublures -- France -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Fillet tools -- France -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Goatskin bindings -- France -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Gold tooled bindings -- France -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Leather bindings -- France -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Turn-ins -- France -- 19th century.
Binding Terms (RBMS): 
Vellum bindings -- France -- 19th century.