Very Good. Item #5630
Paris: Collection Hetzel, [ca. 1900]. New Edition. Octavo; [iv], 316pp. Six full-page illustrations including frontis, with multiple vignettes throughout. French-language.
Prize Binding of the Dame Alice Owen School, Islington in full tree calf with gilt school crest and attribution to "Governors: The Worshipful Company of Brewers" on front, with gilt borders and spine tooling, red leather title card on spine, gilt dentelles on turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt to all page edges and gilt tooling along edges of boards. Prize bookplate on front pastedown signed by the Chairman of Governors and Headmaster dated July 27, 1910 to W.G. Harding for the French Prize.
Covers rubbed along edges with scuffing to gilt crest on front. Split starting at bottom of front joint and front board opens easily, but is still secure and should remain so with care. Page block is tight and pages unmarked.
Among the oldest schools in Britain, Dame Alice Owen's School was founded in 1613 by its philanthropist namesake, who conferred authority over 11 acres of land to the Worshipful Company of Brewers, a London livery company, who still serve as the school's trustees. Details on W.G. Harding are proving spare, though a W. Harding who attended the school from 1905-1910 appears on the school's World War One memorial.
This copy most recently from the personal library of journalist, language maven, and former presidential speechwriter William Safire.