Eleanor V. Boyle, Cedric Chivers

Days and Hours in a Garden

Elliot Stock


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Hand-painted watercolors on transparent vellum over Days and Hours in a Garden.

  • E.V.B. [Eleanor V. Boyle] (Scottish).
  • Illustrated binding by Cedric Chivers (English).
  • London: Elliot Stock, 1898.
  • 210 pages.
  • Signed binding by Cedric Chivers.
  • Hand-painted binding with gilt ruled borders, purple framing and a mother-of-pearl inlay and gilt ruled leather doublures with hand-marbled endpapers and gilt page ends.
  • Housed in cloth slipcase.

About Chivers' binding method:

Around 1903, Cedric Chivers of Bath, England developed a remarkable method of decoration for the binding of books, the transparent vellum or “Vellucent” method. The process involved an artist painting on a super-thin surface medium, and a sheet of vellum, shaved to translucent thinness, was laid over it, with the now indivisible pieces bound over boards. For the first time in the history of the bibliopegistic art, the actual work of the artist, undiluted by a translation through the hands of a binding technician, was involved in the decoration of the book. Using the “vellucent method” it was also possible to incorporate further embellishments such as mother-of-pearl and iridescent shell, and the like, all of which may be covered and permanently protected by the vellum. As The Graphic Arts and Crafts Year Book for 1908 wrote, “It is difficult indeed not to become enthusiastic over the idea of the gorgeous aspect of a wealthy booklover’s library of “Vellucent”-bound books, which may become at the same time a cabinet of works of art, each one of his choice and rare volumes bearing an unique specimen of the book decorator’s skill, and embellished with the most varied and brilliant effects.”

Condition Report
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Like New

Mild foxing to the preliminaries and page edges.

Some sporadic spotting throughout the text.

Minimal surface wear

Height: 6.75 inches / 17.14 cm
Width: 4.5 inches / 11.43 cm
Vellum, Fine bindings, Illustrated
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