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Cosway bindings are traditional leather bindings with miniature paintings inset into the covers. These beautiful bindings are named after Richard Cosway (1742-1821), the acclaimed English miniaturist portrait painter from the Regency era. However, Cosway did not invent this style of binding. These bindings were not introduced until the early 20th century and were probably invented by the legendary bookselling firm of Henry Sotheran. The book on the right, The Poetical Works of H. W. Longfellow is a cosway-type binding with the portrait of the author incorporated in the cover.

(Bound in England by Dieter Räder)

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