Oxford: Tho[mas] Guy, . 12mo (163 x 88 mm). Contemporary full black morocco, covers tooled in gilt to a cottage roof design with onlays of citron and red morocco, marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt, with VISIBLE FORE-EDGE PAINTING OF FLOWERS. In a black cloth folding case. Provenance: Ann Bartlett ("her Book, 1699"), with another inscription, dated 1750. 1/4-in loss at head of spine, gilt faded, but overall in fine contemporary condition. Item #408495
A fine English Restoration binding by the Oxford binder Roger Bartlett, with a visible painted fore-edge. The book was owned by an Ann Bartlett, perhaps a relation of the binder, who signed her name in 1699. It is interesting to note that at least two Bartlett bindings – A Companion to the Temple, 1676 (Doheny Sale, lot 1290) and The Occasional Offices of Matrimony, 1679 (Oldaker Collection) – are found with painted fore-edges containing the initials A.B., perhaps this same Ann Bartlett. ESTC R218545; Nixon, Oldaker Collection, no. 6; Weber, Dictionary of Fore-edge Painting, pp. 50-2.
The following tools used on this binding are listed in H. M. Nixon's -- "Roger Bartlett's Bookbindings" in the Library, March 1962. CHECK TOOLS AT GROLIER.